Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 2013 Product Swap


I love what has now become the tradition of the quarterly product swap.  It's so fun to see so many products from fellow bloggers in use and to read the reviews.  This quarter, my partner for the swap is Tanya from A Plus Firsties.
I'm reviewing her product Wholey Cow Fractions.

Her activities are based on this darling book, click the picture to view it on Amazon.  However, you don't have the have the book to use the activities, they can all stand alone without it.  (I think you'll have to have the book though when you see it.)

The first activity is a fraction flip book.  She includes complete pictorial directions along with a print out for the cover and shapes to show a whole, halves, thirds and fourths.  Here's the book I created from her set: 

The measurements, if using 9x12 paper, are: 
halves - cut at 4.5 inches
thirds - cut at 3 inches and 6 inches
fourths - cut at 2.25, 4.5, 6.75
The second activity is a matching game.  The unique part about this matching game is that each picture card includes a question about the picture and then students match it with the numeral fraction card. 

The third activity is a fraction story problem booklet.  Each page of the booklet contains a story problem and some room for the student to record his/her answer.  A picture is also included to help students.

Here's a picture of my daughter's response: 

The final activity is sorting.  The activity includes a fraction card for each fraction and each represented by several different shapes.  Students sort the shapes under each fraction that match.  Then, to extend and solidify the concepts, Tanya has included some wonderful student recording sheets for students to record their understanding about fractions. 

This is an amazing fraction pack that will help your planning be a breeze and give students some fun and thoughtful ways to practice the concept.  Head on over to her TpT store and get your set here

Be sure to go to Tanya's blog to see her review on my Word Wall Songs pack.  It's on sale for one week at a $0.50 discount from $3.50 to $3.00, so now is the time to grab your copy.  Use the multiple purchase discount and purchase a license for your whole team to use these great songs. 


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