Help
students discover the fractional
parts of
their own bodies.
Working
with a partner, each child cuts
a piece of
string roughly the same length as the other's height.
Have
them fold their strings in half to measure body parts that they
estimate would measure about half their heights. (Hips to toes and arm
lengths are typical first tries.)
The
children can find other fractions
by folding
their strings into thirds, fourths and fifths to measure smaller body
parts, such as wrists, ankles, knees and necks.
Some
children might even continue the
folding to
measure finger lengths and thumb widths.
When
done, the students record all
their findings
on charts divided into columns labeled: "1/2 My Height," "1/3 My
Height," "1/4 My Height" and so on.
Ask
the students to measure grins !
After
the children acquire a firm
understanding of
the fraction concept, ease into the number equivalents .
Have
them remeasure their heights and body parts with tape measures.
Convert
the string measures on their charts to fractions.
PS: Consider doing more fun printable
math activities.
