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Number Chart Routine…FRACTION STYLE!

Wow, isn’t it amazing how something that can start out as a small idea can explode into something much bigger than you ever anticipated.  That is how my Number Chart Routine has become for me.  I started small, modeling this routine in a few primary classes and coaching teachers on using this routine to build number sense with students.  Now, this has transitioned into my intermediate classrooms as a way to help students develop their decimal, and now fraction sense.

For those of you who are reading about my Number Chart routine for the first time, I would suggest that you go back and read my first post and watch a sample video of how the original routine works.

After modeling the whole number routines in various classrooms I felt like it was time to “take it up a notch” and use this routine to build fraction sense.  We know it is important to learn to count whole numbers before we compute with them.  Students who can count forward and back by numbers can more easily compute those numbers.  So…why don’t we do this with fractions.  We seem to just jump from representing fractions to adding and subtracting.  The Common Core emphasizes the use of the number line to help students bridge this gap.  With this thinking in mind I created the fractional Number Charts.  Each one counting up by fractional units.  Keep in mind that routine works the same way as the whole numbers.

So, Mr. Jeremy Wood, another one of my fabulous fifth grade teachers agreed to try the fraction routine out with his students.  Much to my delight his students did well with the routine and didn’t want him to stop (there’s a win!).  He felt like it really helped students see patterns and be able to count forward and back in fractional units.

After Mr. Wood tried out the first board we felt like it might be helpful to create boards the counted by fractions like 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, etc…  as well as a board with eighths but also equivalent forms of numbers.  For example this board has 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, etc… as shown below.

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If you are interested in trying out the fraction boards they can be found here:  Fraction Number Chart Routines.  These would be great for classrooms from grades 3-5+.  I will continue to add more fraction variations as time allows and as my teachers request them (lol…things always get done faster when someone asks me to create them for a lesson they are doing).

If you would like links to all of my Number Chart Routines be sure to check them out on the Number Chart Routine Page.  Be sure to download the PowerPoint and click the present button so that the animations work on the third slide.  Note, the first 2 slides for just for teaching background and information.