Bag of Fractions
This activity is a fun and easy way to practice grouping and fractions.
To do this activity you will need raisins, seeds, pretzels and a variety of candies or nuts that you choose so that there are ten different types of items. You will also need a plastic bag for each student and a large bowl. Mix all of the items together in a large bowl after giving each student a plastic bag. Have students come up to the bowl and give them a handful of the contents of the bowl, instructing them not to eat it yet.
Once the students are seated, have them divide the items into groups based on what they are. Every student should have at least 1 of each of the 10 different types of items from the bowl.
Now, have students separate the items by fractions. Keep track of the amount of items by writing them on the board.
Ask students to write down the totals for each item on a piece of paper. For instance, one student may have 10 pieces of candy corn, 12 pumpkin seeds and so on. Next, ask students to put 1/2 of a specific group in their bag. For instance, you might ask students to put 1/2 of their candy corn in the bag. Do this with each item until there is a bit of each item in the bags, then check over students work by comparing their papers to their bags.
Allow students to eat any left over items and take the bag of goods home with them!