Fraction friends: 2nd – 3rd grade math

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Re-purpose your empty water bottles in this simple math activity for your elementary-aged students. Fraction strips help students see the relationships between different fractions.

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MATERIALS 

  •  plastic water bottle
  • colorful fuzzy sticks
  • colorful tissue
  • colorful index index cards (large)
  • permanent marker (to draw the the face)
  • sharp pin (to poke holes in plastic bottles)

ASSEMBLY 

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  • Make fraction strips with index cards. Make sure each strip is evenly spaced.
  • Use a sharp pin to poke holes in opposite sides of the strip.
  • Use a sharp pin to poke holes in opposite sides of the plastic bottle.
  • Thread one fuzzy stick through the plastic bottle.
  • Stuff one sheet of colorful tissue into the plastic bottle.
  • Thread the fuzzy “hands” into either side of the strip. Fold to secure.
  • Draw face on the plastic bottle.
  • Make a few ribbon curls and glue on the “hair.”

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