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ALEX Learning Activities
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Decomposing Fractions Part I: Engage
Description:

This learning activity introduces the concept of decomposing a whole into fractional parts. Using the book Whole-y Cow Fractions Are Fun by Taryn Souders, students will have fun exploring different fraction-based situations with a friendly little cow who helps guide readers through the story. Prompted by a poem and visual clue, students are encouraged to solve fraction-based problems on each page.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Decomposing Fractions Part II: Cuisenaire Rods
Description:

In this learning activity, students will use Cuisenaire rods to decompose fractions. Students will explore fractional decompositions using these concrete materials. Students will show how a whole can be broken into parts and use an equation to represent the decomposed fraction.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Decomposing Fractions Part III
Description:

This activity gives students an opportunity to explain how to decompose a fraction as a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way using equations. This activity should be used at the end of a lesson or unit on fractional decomposition.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

ALEX Learning Activities: 3

ALEX Classroom Resources
Subject: Arts Education (2 - 4), Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Thiebaud's Cake Math
URL: https://www.nga.gov/education/teachers/lessons-activities/counting-art/thiebaud-elem.html
Description:

Students will analyze the painting, Cakes, by Wayne Theibaud.  They will practice fractions and paint a decorated cake.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Add & Subtract With Mixed Numbers StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/fractions/add-sub-mixed-numbers.htm
Description:

In this interactive activity, students will be led through steps to add and subtract mixed numbers. There are teaching activities as well as practice activities available. A handout that reviews the strategies taught in the interactive can be printed. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short quiz to assess their understanding.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Add & Subtract With Common Denominators StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/fractions/add-sub-common-denom.htm
Description:

In this interactive activity, students will be led through steps to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. There are teaching activities as well as practice activities available. A handout that reviews the strategies taught during the activity can be printed. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short quiz to assess their understanding.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Subtraction of Fractions Using a Visual Model
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh.math.nf.subfrac/subtraction-of-fractions-using-a-visual-model/
Description:

Use a visual model to subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators. This video focuses on using an equivalent fractions chart to compare fractions and find the missing piece.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Addition of Fractions Using a Visual Model
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh.math.nf.addfrac/addition-of-fractions-using-a-visual-model/
Description:

Use a visual model to add fractions with like and unlike denominators. This video focuses on using an equivalent fractions chart to compare fractions and find the correct sum.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Crumpet's Recipe
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/vtl07.math.number.fra.crumpetrec/crumpets-recipe/
Description:

In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad has to help Shari Spotter make a batch of Cosmic Crumpets in order to give the masters at Frogsnorts their power. The recipe they have is for four crumpets, but they need to make eight crumpets. Everything in the recipe has to be doubled, including some tricky fractions which Shari and the CyberSquad find they must convert from improper fractions to mixed numbers.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Decomposing Fractions
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/3cb747a0-1493-49f6-a5e9-bcb68abf0b9d/decomposing-fractions/
Description:

To decompose means to break apart. Students already decomposed whole numbers with number bonds, tape diagrams, and place value charts. In fourth grade, they will decompose fractions.

ALEX Classroom Resources: 7