Hands-On Activity: Finding the Whole
To begin the activity, distribute a Finding the Whole Workspace and Squares Sheet to each group of 3 or 4 students. Demonstrate to the class what the activity will look like using ½ as the fraction and then creating three representations of what the whole might look like.
As students work in their teams, encourage them to think about the shape vs. the size of the fractions being given as they relate to the whole.
Ask students to reflect upon the process they just went through.
- What was difficult?
- What was easy?
- What connections can they make to what we already know about fractions?