Monday, April 28, 2014

Mathematical Monday - Fractions, Decimals, Percent Clothesline!

I'm linking up with my BBB Jess over at I {Heart} Recess for her Mathematical Monday Linky.

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We've been studying fractions and decimals lately, so I'm going to be talking about something we did during math workshop recently to really solidify the idea of fractions on a number line.

I hung up a couple of clotheslines in the classroom, and had my kids do some laundry!

First, I printed two copies of the game, one on pastel and another on brightly colored card stock. Then I mixed and matched the shirts so that each copy of the game had a variety of shirt colors, and two groups could “play” at the same time.

The clothesline was just white yarn, and I found these tiny clothespins in the craft section of Wal-mart!

There are a ton of ways that the kids can hang the laundry, so it was great for the workshop because it had built in, easy differentiation! At the basic level you can split the line in two and have some kids hang the fractions on either the "closer to 0" or "closer to 1" side of the line.

At a more advanced level, kids can hang up the fractions where the belong on a number line, and even hang up the equivalent fractions, decimals, and I even made some percent tank tops too!

The kids had a great time with it, and I think it served as a really great review for some of them, and really helped a few them get the ideas of place value on a number line and that the bigger the denominator, the smaller the pieces. Find the whole set in my store for just $3! 

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  1. Absolutely love the clothespin idea! Definitely need to do this with my kiddos next year! Thanks, Nick! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Love the clothesline idea - now thinking of doing it as an Open House Bulletin Board after reviewing with your game. How cute would that be?!?

  3. What a great idea!! Pinning this for next year!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I LOVE this idea! I plan to use it for review before our test. We just finished up this skill, but need new fun ideas to keep the kiddos motivated!

    Thanks for linking up!


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