**Equivalent Fractions**

Williams, Flora O. A. Thorp

545-0169

**Objective:**
Students will be able to recognize fractions of equal value and that
name the same amount (number).
**Materials:**
Paper strips, circles, scissors, paper
**Recommended Strategy**
Have students fold strips to show halves, fourths, and eighths. Next
have students cut circles to show thirds, sixths, and ninths. Students
will then tell fractions that name the same amount by taking the
fraction strips and measuring. Teacher will ask questions like, "How
many of the parts on a fourths strip are the same or equal to one
half"? Have students work in small groups to find equivalent fractions
given by the teacher. Students will take circles, cut sections and
match equivalent fractions.
Give students worksheets with strips and let students shade areas to
show equivalent fractions. To reinforce fractions, let students play
Fraction Bingo. Fraction Bingo is played by giving each student a game
card. A game card has ten squares and each square has a fraction. A
student may cover a square when the fraction in that square is called
or an equivalent fraction is called. The regular rules of bingo apply
thereafter. Another game that can be used is Fraction Rummy. Teacher
will prepare 40 cards (index cards are very useful) by writing either a
fraction or an equivalent fraction picture on each card. Each of two to
four players is given seven cards; the rest are placed in a stack faced
down. Turn one card face up. A player may take the card that is face up
or a card from the stack. Every time a card is matched, a player may
lay the pair down. The object is for one player to play all of his or
her cards.

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