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Counting fractions

Purpose:

The purpose of this activity is to help your child to count fractions over one.

For example: 1/3, 2/3, 1, 4/3, 5/3, 2, 7/3

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Sequence, Stage 6

What you need:

  • Pen and paper
  • Apples (real or drawn)

What to do:

Cut an apple (or similar) real or drawn into quarters.

Ask your child how many quarters are in the apple.

Count the pieces one quarter, two quarters, three quarters, four quarters and ask your child to write down the fractions. 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/ 4

Cut a second apple and ask your child to keep counting the quarters 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 8/4 and to continue to write the list of fractions.

  • Ask them what is another name for 4 quarters? (1)
  • what is another name for 8 quarters?(2)
  • what is another name for 6 quarters ?(1 2/4 or 1 1/2)

Encourage them to use the apples or drawings to find the answer.

Help your child to draw circles (two or three) on paper and mark them in thirds.

  • Ask them to count in thirds and to write the sequence.
  • Ask them what is another name for 3 thirds? (1)
  • what is another name for 6 thirds?(2)
  • what is another name for 5 thirds? (1 2/3)

What to expect your child to do:

  • To be able to read and write the fractions in a sequence.
  • Recognise the number of quarters in whole numbers, and the number of thirds in whole numbers.

Variations:

This activity can be repeated with fifths and tenths. Children can also practice counting backwards in fractions, for example 4/3, 1, 2/ 3, 1/3

He Kupu Māori:

third hautoru
quarter hauwhā
fifth haurima
tenth hauono
equal parts wāhanga ōrite
count tatau (-ria)
symbol tohu

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