Middle School Resource: Classroom Idea: Exploring Fractions with Pattern Blocks
Middle School Resource
Classroom Idea: Exploring Fractions with Pattern Blocks
Using pattern blocks, students can discover the relationship between multiplication and division of common fractions by noting that 1/3 x 1/2 is equivalent to 1/3 ÷ 2. Using the commutative property, 1/3 x 1/2 = 1/2 x 1/3 or 1/2 of 1/3. If a yellow hexagon is 1, then the blue rhombus is 1/3 and 1/2 of 1/3 is the green triangle. The green triangle is 1/6 of the whole unit (yellow hexagon).
Related NY State Academic Standards: 4.NF.4, 4.NF.4.b, 4.NF.4.c, and more!
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