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Represent, label, and identify equal shares by partitioning models

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6
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Big Ideas: A fraction represents the division of wholes into equal shares. The fraction name represents the number of equal shares. This lesson builds on students’ work with partitioning circles and rectangles into two, three, and four equal shares. This task uses a scenario in which students will sort and partition equal and unequal shares. Students will be presented with various partitioned shapes to sort and different shapes to partition into equal and unequal shares. Students will be building their foundational knowledge of fractions by representing, partitioning, and labeling equal shares. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students’ future work with naming fractions, comparing fractions, and equivalent fractions. Vocabulary: fraction, equal shares, halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths Special Materials: Peter’s cards task 1 (Supplemental Handouts) Peter’s cards task 2 (Supplemental Handouts) pattern blocks (optional) post-it notes (optional)
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