Wednesday, October 10, 2012

First Grade Fractions - Common Core

 The Common Core Standards in Math for First Grade state that students should be able to "Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of." So this week was the start of children recognizing what a half means. Using  a paper plate to represent their pizza, students were invited to create a half and half pizza with the toppings of their choice. They drew a line down the center with the help of a straight edge and center dot and made some beautiful pepperoni, sausage, and green pepper pizza pies.
Students had the opportunity to share their work and explain how they knew that it was "half of" the pizza.

Today it was "Cookin' Wednesday" and children made their own real pizzas using English muffins, sauce and cheese. They ate half - then the other half. Some said it was the best pizza ever...who could argue with that!!

7 comments:

dayle timmons said...

Great lesons! Delicious fun!

Christa said...

What a great way to start learning fractions! I love that the pizza theme was coordinated with "Cookin' Wednesday". You gals are the best!

Lourdes said...

I wish I did 1/2 the lessons in 1st grade when I was younger as you all do in your class. Love the incorporation of the theme. Sofi shared the whole experience when she got home.

Stacy Collins said...

Such a cute idea!! Love it!!

K. Tiurchy said...

The pizzas look like so much fun! James was sorely disappointed that he missed it.

Sunny said...

Way to incorporate learning with fun! Plus a yummy snack! Cooking up some good stuff in that class! Thank you for making our children's 1st grade experience a great one.

Chet the Eagle said...

What a fun way to combine math and cooking! I have to stop by for Cookin' Wednesday!