Can pattern blocks
like the ones below be used to help understand how to add and
multiply fractions as well as figure out percentages?
For instance, if
= 1, then what does 1/3 look like?
If
+
= 2/3, then what does 1 look like?
Use
either actual pattern blocks or
virtual pattern blocks to complete
some of these activities.
Basic shapes
starts out by relating the fraction to a part of the whole
Shape Logic gives
students a chance to dig into using the shapes by allowing them
to use the shapes for their answer.
Adding Shapes now reverts
back to using numbers but uses the shapes to aid in visualizing
the addition of 2 fractions.
Shape Designs
challenges students by incorporating language arts into
their math curriculum in addition to determining fractional and
percentage relationships.
Multiplying Fractions challenges students to use the pattern
blocks to understand the resultant of multiplying two fractions
is always a smaller fraction of the whole.
