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Fractional Flowers: Third Grade Math

Objective: This lesson aims to help your child understand fractions, numerators, denominators, and equivalent fractions.

Materials Needed:

- Construction paper in various colors

- Child-safe scissors

- Glue stick or school glue

- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

- Fraction cards with fractions like 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, etc.

- Large sheet of poster paper or any sturdy paper (for the collage base)


1. Begin by watching the attached video.

2. Give the student a fraction card. Let the student know they will be creating a fraction flower using paper pieces. Each part of the flower will represent a fraction. For example, if they get 1/3, it means they will create a flower with 1 petal representing the numerator, 3 leaves representing the denominator, and 1 stem.

3. Help the student cut out the petals, leaves, and stem from the construction paper based on the fraction they have.

4. Provide a large sheet of sturdy paper as the base for the collage. Place the flower parts on the collage base, arranging them to form a flower. Students can use the glue stick or school glue to secure the pieces.

5. The student can use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to add more details to their collage. They can draw a background, grass, sky, or any other elements they like.

Sharing and Discussion:

1. Have the student showcase their flower collage, explaining the fraction they used. For instance, they can show you the petal representing the numerator and the total petals as the denominator.

2. Discuss with the student how fractions work and how they've used them in their artwork.

Reflect and Extend:

1. For extra fun, parents and children can work on creating a family garden collage, each contributing fraction flowers to the garden.

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