Have you ever seen one of these? It’s a hands-on way to teach fractions.
All you need is construction paper, scissors, a stapler, and markers.
Staple five pieces of construction paper together and then slice them up to make a flip book. At this point, hand the book over to your kid. Let him figure out how to cut and label the pages to make a fraction flip book.
I did this project with fourth graders this afternoon, and it took them about thirty minutes to make their first book. Then I passed out more paper and it took them fifteen minutes to make a second book, using 1/3, 1/6, 1/9, and 1/12. The second set of fractions was more difficult, but by then they had mastered the whole concept behind the activity.
If you try this at home, don’t be afraid to let your child struggle. Tape is okay! That means learning happened. 😉