I found myself planning another pizza fraction problem when it dawned on me that kids don't just eat pizza. Fractions play a part in many different aspects of our lives. So instead of coming up with another pizza or biscuit sharing activity, I decided to bring in water with cups and bottles, different fake foods, paper, lego, and blocks and let the kids explore.

I wanted them to show me different examples of 'a whole'. e.g A whole piece of paper, a whole bunch of bananas, a whole cup of water.

I basically wanted them to show me their understanding of the central idea.

*Fractions are a ways of representing whole-part relationships.*
Students playing with making different fraction amounts.

Cutting up a whole piece of paper into different parts.

Creating a whole soccer team, two whole teams, half of the field, talking about half time.

What fraction of the food is meat?

Creating different fraction amount with cups of water.

This student was showing me that 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 whole. She then asked what if we use 'x' (multiplication)? This really intrigued her and she went to ask another student. He shrugged! I wrote this on the board to reflect on in our next lesson. A hard concept to understand (I must admit I had to google it!), but it reinforces what can happen when you let kids inquire and explore in maths.

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