Upper elementary fractions can be fun. Using paint sticks can transform a lesson and build student engagement.
This blog post provides fun hands-on ideas to teach the Common Core Math Standards and most particularly the Common Core Number and Operations Fractions section of the standards. CCSS.4.NF.A.1, CCSS.4.NF.A.2,CCSS.4.NF.B.1, 5.NF.A.1, and more standards.
Many of the Common Core Standards want students to be able to understand math concepts in the visual format as well as the numerical format. Clothespins and paint sticks are great because students can touch, hold, and see the differences between fractional amounts and improper fractions.
Students can then place the clothespin at the appropriate point on the blank number line.
~Students can use paint sticks to add or subtract fractions.
~Use to help students visualize the meaning of mixed numbers or improper fractions.
~Determine which fractional amount is missing on the number line.