For the past few weeks I’ve seen our sixth grade students practice fractions in a multitude of ways. From using the clock as a model to dividing up pizza pies, students have been working with a variety of manipulatives to cement how fractions work.
One of the manipulatives that our Mathematics Coach uses with students is fraction tiles, which are essentially long, lego-like blocks that can be broken up to represent different fraction denominations. Students seem to respond really well to these, as they offer a simple, visual representation of how different fractions can be equivalent (for example, 1/2 and 2/4). However, by the end of a fraction tile session, we are inevitably a few tiles short for the next round.