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Using knowledge of fractions, students will create a visual illustration of fractional parts with the aid of Crayola® Dry Erase Crayons.
Prior to engaging students in this activity, they will have been exposed to basic fractions and how to draw fractional parts using a compass. Review how many degrees are found in a circle, half circle, and quarter circle. Students practice using a compass and protractor.
To illustrate their understanding of fractional parts, students will create Fraction Plates. This activity begins with a plastic plate, a permanent marker, and a recycled CD to use as a circle template. Distribute each of these materials to students, as well as a compass, protractor, and ruler.
Using the permanent marker and recycled CD, ask students to draw a circle on their plastic plates.
Switching to Crayola® Dry Erase Crayons, students create representations for halves, fourths, sixths, and eighths. If there are sufficient plastic plates available, students may use one plate for each fractional type. If not, students create a requested fraction, review for accuracy, then erase for the next challenge using the E-Z Erase Mitt to wipe off Dry Erase crayon.
Continue practicing. Challenge students with other-than unit fractions (such as 3/8, 6/5, etc.).
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