This centers-based lesson on modeling fractions is designed for two-days of 45-minute lessons or one-day of a 90-minute lesson block. The lesson provides differentiated instruction using the H.O.P. Centers Framework. H.O.P. stands for Hands-On, Open-Ended, and Practice which are the themes for each of the three centers in the framework. Lesson structure is designed using brain research principles. In this lesson students will learn how to model fractions to convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers with a short engaging lesson, hands-on activity in which students use play doh to create different fraction circles, practice writing about a word problem using fractions, and engage in tiered practice of the concept.


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5


Modeling Fractions



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Modeling Fractions
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-04.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is an excellent, well-designed lesson to instruct upper-elementary school students about writing mixed and improper fractions. The lesson is presented in Word, Notebook, and PDF format so it is accessible to everyone. The lesson consists of a break-down of times for each task, problem solving practice, a presentation, whole-group activities, and individual practice for the students. Teachers will find this lesson easy to follow and to adapt to their own classrooms.
Curriki Review System
August 4, 2009

This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of the larger resource Modeling Fractions, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

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