Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy the Problem of the Day onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (2) Photocopy Fraction Matching Game (1 per 2 students).

Group Size: Partners

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Read fractions and identify written fractions.

Problem of the Day (see attachment), Fraction Matching Game (see attachment), scissors, overhead projector


Lesson Introduction: Display Problem of the Day on the overhead projector. Ask students: What strategy should we use to solve this problem? Guide them towards drawing a picture. Solve the problem together as a class. Students can copy problem and solution into math notebooks.

  1. Divide students into groups of two. Distribute one Fraction Matching Game to each set of partners.
  2. Direct students to cut apart game pieces.
  3. Remind students of the rules to play Memory. Lay out the cards, face down. Students take turns flipping over two cards to try to match the written fraction with the picture of the same fraction. When a student makes a match, he keeps the cards. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.
  4. When the game ends, have students mix up the cards, switch partners, and play again.
Modifications: For students with special needs, the teacher can allow students to play on a team with another student.


Teacher should monitor student participation to ensure all students understand the concept.

Benchmark or Standards:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Number and Operations Standard:

  • Understand and represent commonly used fractions, such as 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standard:

  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others.
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