Fraction Manipulatives and Personal Space :)

Do your kids ever fuss about a classmate being in their personal space?  
Of course not!  That never happens with OUR kids.  ;)
Well, I busted out the painters tape and solved that issue really quick.
We’ve been exploring with fraction circles and all I was hearing was…
“He took mine!”
“You’re in my space!”
“Move!”
Now everyone has their own area and the pieces don’t mysteriously end up in someone else’s space.
Now that the fussing issue was solved, we could get down to business.
We haven’t started our fractions unit yet (it starts next week), but they were making so many fabulous connections as they were exploring with the manipulatives.  They realized they were making equivalent fractions.  They also noticed that as the denominator got bigger, the piece actually got smaller.
They thought I was a complete whack-a-doo taking all these pictures and making a huge deal about their discoveries.  They’ll understand more over the next couple of weeks as we get into the fractions unit.
Do you use manipulatives?  Which ones are your favorite?

Comments

  1. Yay! Good for them! They have so much "playing" they don't realize they are learning!! I love it!

    Great idea with the painter's tape. Sometimes it's the little things…

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. I love your solution! Painter's tape is my best friend. I absolutely love it!
    Your fraction circles are adorable. Are they plastic or foam? I can't tell from the picture.
    :) melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

  3. Isn't that the best?! :) And yes, it's all about the little things!

  4. Hey Melissa! Thanks. I had to do something or else they weren't going to focus long enough to make discoveries and connections. :) They're foam.

  5. Cool way to break up space on tables- I never thought of that. My room was a last minute addition, so I have tables and desks. I need to get some painter's tape. I love those manipulatives- they are so bright and cheerful.

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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