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Snack Fractions

Ask your child where to divide a graham cracker to make two equal parts. Four equal parts? Put the cracker together to make a whole.

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Extending this activity

  • -Use a sectioned candy bar to demonstrate the same concept. Some candy bars are divided into several small rectangles. You could experiment with cutting the candy into 1/2, 1/4, or 1/3. Count the individual rectangles on each part to prove they are equal parts.

    -Read "Eating Fractions" by Bruce McMillan. Discover the world of halves, thirds, and fourths through food. Recreate some of the pages in the book with your child. For example, divide a banana in half.

Adjust for an older child

Using two graham crackers, divide one in half horizontally and the other in half vertically. Take one half from each group and ask the child to prove that they are both equal to one half, even though they look different (For example, he could take each half and break them in half again. Then there will be four equal parts. You could use the four parts to create a whole cracker again).

Adjust for a younger child

For the younger child, use just one half of the cracker so there is only one line to choose from. Prove that both parts are equal by placing one part on top of the other.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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