I FINALLY remembered to take some pictures of my math lessons the last few math days! We started our unit on Fractions and I have been having a blast teaching the concepts. Our curriculum does an okay job teaching the concepts, but I found some really great extension lessons to help my students understand fractions to one half and one fourth.

This first FREEBIE extension lesson I found by Chrissy Beltran Here. I just bought mini m&ms and gave everyone a plastic spoonful. They all got about 25 candies and a small snack as a reward for finishing. I bought minis because on of my students has diabetes and the smaller candy portion helps regulate her blood sugar better.

Students sort their m&ms into like colors, tally, and total their colors. On the back of this page they will write the fractional part of each color m&m and the total number of candies. |

I also created my own Fraction Action FREEBIE that you can use with m & m candies Here

I created this activity as another interactive way for students to learn more about fractions in an engaging way. I have them sorting, writing the parts, writing the fraction, illustrating the fractions, drawing the fractional parts, and writing the fraction. Use this one page at a time or all together in a packet.

This next extension lesson is simple, but I like it because students struggle drawing equal parts themselves. This activity was created by Paula Prince Here. I was shocked at how well my students did on this activity.

This is another great activity by The Teacher Wife Here. Students will cut out the fraction pieces and then glue them under the correct fraction. At this point of the unit I could start introducing the names of the fractions because I feel they understand the meaning of fractional parts. Again, I thought they my students did so well! We were on day 4 of fractions when I gave them this activity.

Finally I just have to share my latest obsession. I have the program Photoshop Elements 11 and did not know just how useful it can be for a Teachers pay Teachers seller. I learned how create background designs and since I am new at this part of TpT I am posting my favorite background design to see how you all like it. This TP Design link Here. I only downloaded three different colors and I have all primary colored backgrounds with the rainbow dots, but I wanted to see what kind of feedback I will get before posting more. My latest learning is how to create borders. I am very particular with my backgrounds and will post them as soon as I get at least 10 I like created.

Have you seen the Apple app iFont Maker? IT IS WONDERFUL!! You can create fonts in your own handwriting and then download them on your computer and then to your products! I have quite a few and will again post them once I get 10 that I like well enough to use in my own products! Here is the thumbnail I created to use once I get this going:

Well that is all for this posting! Have a great week!

Tina Parker

I just saw that you shared my M&M freebie! Thanks for sharing this product! I'm glad you were able to use it in your classroom!

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