Saturday, February 9, 2013

February Fraction Bulletin Board

At our school, teachers are assigned a hallway bulletin board to decorate.  My month was February so I knew I wanted to do something related to Valentine's Day.  Since we've been studying fractions, we decided to make a fraction board!  Some students solved for equivalent fractions, some changed mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa, some found simplest form, and some compared two fractions.  I thought it turned out cute!  
Now, I need some advice from you!  I ordered pattern blocks for my toddler for Valentine's Day.  He LOVES blocks and LOVES to learn (alphabet, colors, etc) so I know he'll just love these pattern blocks.  I bought these from Discount School Supply for only $18 for 250 wooden ones.  I thought that was a great deal! 
Now, here's my question.  I have TONS of pattern blocks at school, but rarely use them in Math.  I have completely organized all of my Math manipulatives at school because our school is placing a large order on manipulatives needed next year when we implement Common Core standards.  Our district Math coach help us to identify what we would need per grade level and she said we'd need pattern blocks.  I will admit, I haven't focused much on Common Core standards, except for Writing, since we haven't implemented them. But, I would love to hear how upper elementary teachers (especially 3rd-5th) use pattern blocks in Math.  


  1. I teach fourth grade and we use pattern blocks to introduce fractions. There are several lessons in Everyday math. How many triangle fit on a hexagon? What fraction? How many trapezoids? etc.

  2. We use the yellow blocks as the "whole" and have students build the whole with other shapes and write what the other shapes represent. For example, the triangles would be 1/8 because 8 of them fit in the yellow "whole". When we talk about mixed numbers, we add shapes to the yellow one, like one yellow + a trapezoid.

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  4. Like the other ladies have said, my 4th graders use pattern blocks for introducing fractions and also for finding fraction equivalency. There are several good ideas for using them on the under the CCGPS Math Frameworks for 4th grade.

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  7. I use these blocks in a fun way. I have the students build themselves with them at the beginning of the year and then assign a numerical value for each and the students have to add up their figure. As the year goes on the numbers get bigger, change to money, or become fractions, or I will have them multiply the triangle with the diamonds, etc. It is good for different levels too, because you can manipulate the numbers for whatever they are ready for. I have used the same person with language/grammar/history. List the same number of explorers as you have orange squares and list the same number of facts for the number of hexagons you have. Do the same thing with types of nouns, etc. They change the drawing when they have free time or we switch units. Hope this helps or gives you some new ideas. Found your blog tonight and love it!