Fraction Flags

Fraction Flags lesson plan

Check out state and national flags to find designs that demonstrate fractional color divisions. Students design their own fraction flag.

  • 1.

    Students research flag designs. Note varying geometric configurations.

  • 2.

    With a ruler and Crayola® Scissors, students measure and cut a 6- by 9-inch (15 x 24 cm) rectangle of oak tag.

  • 3.

    On white scrap paper, sketch a Fraction Flag with Crayola Crayons. Follow an example of a state or national flag copying the number of segments and other requirements.

  • 4.

    On oak tag, draw a flag with Crayola Crayons or Washable Markers. Use a ruler to divide the flag into exact fractional parts. Fill the flag with drawings and colors. On the back, write the fractional name and symbol (such as thirds, 1/3).

  • 5.

    Attach the flag with Crayola School Glue to a craft stick or short dowel stick. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Shape a flag stand with Crayola Model Magic. Students insert the flag and fly it from their desk.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.
  • MATH: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions by Donna Jo Napoli; Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dalye Ann Dodds; The Lion's Share by Matthew McElliqott
  • Working in small groups or teams of two, students compose an original story involving their original flag and the fractions it is based on. If the story involves a country, students need to identify the geographic region where they are located. The original story should be word processed with significant scenes illustrated to enhance readers' comprehension. Students prepare their story in book format and display it in the classroom for classmate reading.
  • Working in teams of two, students write math word problems involving the fractions of their original flag. Students can word process their word problems or create them electronically for sharing with classmates.