students discover the fractional
their own bodies.
with a partner, each child cuts
a piece of
string roughly the same length as the other's height.
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.)
children can find other fractions
their strings into thirds, fourths and fifths to measure smaller body
parts, such as wrists, ankles, knees and necks.
children might even continue the
measure finger lengths and thumb widths.
done, the students record all
on charts divided into columns labeled: "1/2 My Height," "1/3 My
Height," "1/4 My Height" and so on.
the students to measure grins !
the children acquire a firm
the fraction concept, ease into the number equivalents .
them remeasure their heights and body parts with tape measures.
the string measures on their charts to fractions.
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