Fraction Matching

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One of the things that I’ve been meaning to work on with Baloo is fractions.  Fractions have always been a tough spot for me, and something that I just didn’t get until it was presented in the right way.  I’ve been struggling to find the right way to present it to him when it hit me – clear plastic cups!  I measured out 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup.  Then I made an additional set and let him match them.IMG_9366

Since I had written the numbers on the cups, he had no trouble.  I think if we were to play it again I’d have him guess before looking.
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After matching we were able to look closely to see the difference between the amounts.  I combined the two 1/2 cups and we noticed that two halves make a whole!  We combined the two quarter cups and noticed it was 1/2!  We played with them for awhile!!
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I’m hoping that we can try this again and again with difference materials – cheerios, rice, beans, etc!  I’m also going to add in 2/3 and 3/4 soon!

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