It is time for some fraction fun! Coordinate theCommon Core State Standards with a delicious and educational fraction lesson plan idea. It is sure to be a math lesson your students will remember!
Fractions Pizza Party
Standards: CCSS Math – 3.NF 1, 3.a., 3.b.
Materials & Supplies:
- Uncut Pizzas (solicit donations from local pizza shop)
- Pizza Cutter
- Construction Paper – Tan
- Kid-Friendly Scissors
- 3″ x 5″ Index Cards
- Sandwich bags (1 per child)
- Begin by explaining that the whole pizza represents a whole or 1/1.
- Cut it in half using your pizza cutter to represent the fraction 1/2 and then in half again to represent 1/4. From there, discuss the equivalent fractions of 2/4 and 1/2.
- Have students draw their own pizzas (paying attention to the toppings they include on each part of the pizza) and cut them into fourths.
- Students then can create word problems to correspond with their drawings. For example, if they colored half of the pizza with pepperoni the questions could be: “What fraction of the pizza has pepperoni?” Write the word problems on index cards.
- Students can bag their pizzas and word problems in a sealable sandwich bag and exchange them with a classmate.
- Once they have solved the problems in two or three bags, stop and discuss the activity as a class.
At the end of the lesson, share the real pizza and discuss how much fun (and how delicious!) fractions can be.
Looking for more Common Core Resources? Find them here.