What's in One Whole?

We've been having a *whole* lot of fun with fractions! This little project is a great way for kiddos to explore equivalent fractions and the idea of one whole.  Students used die cut fraction pieces to create a whole circle -- but the trick is that they cannot use two of the same fractions. (But, you could allow that in order to adjust the level of difficulty.)

Students create two or three fraction circles, experimenting with which fractions actually go together to make a whole circle.  Then they write a number sentence to match their circle.

Before we begin, I die cut a bunch of fraction pieces.  Our school has 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8.  Make sure to have plenty of pieces so your student can really explore! I pass out the fraction pieces and have the students label all of the pieces before creating their circles. That's an important step I skipped last year, and there was a bit of confusion fraction chaos.

Then, each group has a pile of labeled fractions.

Students experiment with the fractions, working to create a whole circle.  It can get a little tricky because sometimes they "overlap" and don't realize the fraction piece doesn't really fit!  Very cool discovery!

When they have created a whole circle, the students glue their pieces to a sheet of construction paper.  Then they write a number sentence to match their circle.

 They had such a fun time creating their circles!

 This little one crammed an eighth in there... But that's okay! They're still learning!

Then you hang everything up and smile because you'll have a great board for parent-teacher conferences! And even though you chose black background when you should have picked another color, it's okay. At least you remembered to have them label the fractions first.

We can't all be perfectly *whole*.

I know, I know. 

My puns are disgusting.

Oh, well.

Hope you're having a great weekend anyway!


  1. What a nice introduction into fractions! It is great for visual learners and would make a great hall display :) Thanks for sharing!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  2. Kate I love this! Minus us not having the die cut shape. I could do it with different colored paper plates next year! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute! Our Open House is coming up so I'll have to get started on this! :) Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


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