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Fractions: an egg carton activity

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From: Claudia (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 08, 1998 at 19:46:03
Subject: Re: Fractions

Hi,

A great idea for teaching the concept of fractions is to use egg cartons.
This is a perfect time of year to get the plastic eggs. Have the students 
"fill" 1/2 of the egg carton. Have them look around and see the different ways 
students might do this. Then talk about what is common to all of the filled 
egg cartons.

If you get the 1.5 dozen size cartons you can extend to other denominator
choices. 12 parts allows for a good bit of investigation. You can think of 
other things that you might fill. You can also use these to add and subtract 
fractions, but that is for the later grades.

Have an "egg-citing" time! (sorry, couldn't resist)

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