## Tuesday, May 1, 2012

### Montessori Monday: Fraction strips {printable}

We’ve been discussing fractions for the past few weeks.  If you are just now joining us, please make sure you read posts 1, 2, 3, and the best books for teaching fractions.

One of the keys to learning fractions is to not limit the exposure to just the fraction circles. So, I’ve created a printable set of “fraction strips.”  There are sets of strips from 1 whole to 1/10 (plus 1/12). Each set makes 10 wholes for each fractional part.

This is different than most sets of fraction strip printables that you’ll find on the web.  Since they are usually shown all on one page together, you cannot color code the different lengths.  I prefer that each fraction be a different color.  I chose to match mine to our MUS block colors, but you can match them to whatever color scheme you prefer.

To make mine, I took a piece of construction paper, and cut it down to the size of a sheet of standard sized paper (8.5”x11”).  After printing, I laminated them to make them more durable.  Since there are 10 sets per fraction, there are more than enough to manipulate with more than child at the same time.

Want a wooden version?  Well, while I was at the Midwest Homeschool Convention this past weekend, I actually came across a wooden version from Right Start Math!  This is sooo on my *want* list!

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Sandra said...

I'm so doing this! Thanks Leann. And wooden version is definitely added to my want list!

Cherine M said...

I LOVE this puzzle, and especially the work in paper:))

MaryAnne K said...

That wooden version is stunning!

Sherry said...

Hello. I agree that the wooden version is stunning but I'm a bit confused. They are all the same colour and earlier in your post you said you like the different fractions to be different colours. If you were to get the wooden version, would you colour the pieces somehow to also match your MUS colours?

Leann Warren said...

I prefer the paper ones to be different colors, which is what I have made above. However, I love the feel and weight of the wooden set. I would not color these, but would leave them just the way they are! With wood, the kids can feel the weight different, especially with the larger ones.

Rebekah said...

Love this! Adding it to my Math Play board on Pinterest. This will be a great summer activity for my daughter to learn about fractions.

Ness @ One Perfect Day said...

I love that you pointed out that it's imporant to not just stick to the circle when teaching fractions. Every post in this fractions series has been so useful to me. Thank you !

Leann Warren said...

Thanks, Ness! Sometimes people forget that fractions are more than just the circle representations. .. and thanks for the complement on the posts. So glad that people are reading these!

tricia said...

We aren't doing fractions just yet- but I could see this done with felt and velcro or magnets! Great idea! Thanks!

Deb Chitwood said...

Your fraction work has been so much fun to follow, Leann! Thanks so much for generously sharing your printable! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

Ness @ One Perfect Day said...

Oh I'm absolutely reading (and pinning) every single one! I recently presented some circle fractions to my son. I thought the whole concept would be beyond him (he's 3) but he LOVED it. He's a bit of a numbers guy! I've been wanting to jump on this love of fractions and really pursue it further but I wasn't sure how. Your series has been perfectly timed for me. Thank you.

Deb Chitwood said...

Your work with fractions is awesome, Leeann! Thanks so much for sharing your lessons and your free printable! I featured your printable as the Printable of the Day yesterday at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow