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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fraction Models and Equivalent Fractions

Today we talked about Fraction Models.

We already knew what a fraction is (a number that represents a part of a whole using a numerator and denominator) but talked about what models are.

Basically each class determined that a model is a visual (something you can see) representation or example of something.  We talked about Role Models, modeling clay, building models, scale models and fashion models.

(Some Zoolander humor)

By putting them together, we realized that fraction models are visual examples of fractions.  We spent time in class today naming and creating fraction models and using them to help us find equivalent fractions.

Examples from class:

Tonight's homework is to complete your Fraction Fact Sheet.  You received a blank Fraction Fact Sheet and your fraction in class today.  Please include your fraction, five equivalent fractions, and a fraction model of your fraction (you can do more if there's room and you want to add more).  On the bottom of the page, please determine the decimal equivalent and percent equivalent and let me know if your fraction is closer to 0 or 1 (would it round down or round up?)  My example of 1/2 is below!

Get creative and have fun with this assignment!  Helpful hint:  If your fraction has an 8 or 40 for a denominator, your decimal will go to the thousandths place!!!

-Miss K  :)

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