## Wednesday, 8 May 2013

### News update

Dear Family,

Your child is learning that fractions are equal parts of a whole or of a

set. He or she is also learning to name fractions in different ways and to

compare fractions.

By practicing naming fractions, your child is learning to recognize

fractions as part-to-whole relationships. One way to name fractions in

different ways is to find an equivalent fraction. Here are two activities

that you and your child can do together.

Fun with Fractions

The next time you and your child are outside, look for groups of

people or objects of 12 or less. Ask your child to name some fractions

about the group. Sample questions: What fraction of the parked cars

are white? What fractions of the people are not wearing hats?

Equal Fractions

Materials Pieces of paper, a pencil or marker

Step 1 Fold one piece of paper in half. Then fold it in half again.

Open up the paper so that the fold lines divide the paper into

name the fraction of the paper that is shaded.

(For example: one fourth)

Step 2 Refold the paper as before, and then fold it in half a third

time. Open the paper and ask your child to name the fraction of

the paper that is shaded now. (Two eighths)

Step 3 Ask your child to name the fraction of the paper that is