## Play Dough Fractions

###### Hands-On Activities:
• Play dough / salt dough
• Rolling pin
• Shape cutters
• Play knife
• Bowls

## How can students in Year 1 recognize, find, and name a half and a quarter as equal parts of objects, shapes, or quantities?

In Year 1, students can learn to identify, locate, and label a half and a quarter as two distinct parts of an object, shape, or quantity that are equal in size. They should be able to visually recognize a half as one of two equal parts and a quarter as one of four equal parts. By practising with various objects, shapes, and quantities, students can gain the understanding necessary to correctly distinguish and name halves and quarters. Through hands-on activities and visual aids, educators can help students develop a solid foundation in recognizing and working with these fractional concepts.

## What are the key topics covered in the visual resources, activities, and games for Years 1 and 2 related to fractions?

The visual resources, activities, and games designed for Years 1 and 2 regarding fractions focus on key concepts. In Year 1, students will learn to recognize, find, and name halves and quarters as equal parts of an object, shape, or quantity. They will practice identifying one-half and one-fourth as fractions. Moving to Year 2, the focus expands to recognizing, finding, naming, and writing fractions such as 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects, or quantity. Students will also learn how to write simple fractions in relation to given values, such as calculating 1/2 of 6, which equals 3. Furthermore, they will explore the equivalence of fractions by understanding that two quarters are equal to one half. These activities aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of basic fraction concepts suitable for students in Years 1 and 2.

## How do I use the Fractions: One Activities?

In this year one Math curriculum topic your child will discover four engaging activities for young learners. Teach play dough fractions, then group and identify shapes by halves and quarters. Next, introduce the concept of number lines in a fun and interactive way. Use colourful chalk to draw number lines on the sidewalk or create a giant number line using masking tape indoors. Have your child jump to different numbers to reinforce their understanding of sequencing and simple addition or subtraction.

Finally, incorporate a treasure hunt to make learning even more exciting. Hide various objects around the house or yard and provide clues that involve solving simple math problems to find the treasures. This not only strengthens math skills but also encourages critical thinking and problem-solving in a playful manner.

This resource meets the following aspects of the National Curriculum of England: Mathematics. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our key stage one topics where you will find great curriculum standard activities for your classroom or home educated children. There are plenty of subjects for you to choose from, so you’ll be delighted with the wide range when planning your day.

## What specific resources are recommended for practical activities on halving objects and sets of objects in mathematics teaching?

Finding Halves And Quarters Of Shapes: This activity involves using a Shapes Template and Scissors to explore the concept of halves and quarters in shapes. Through hands-on manipulation of the templates, students can visually understand the division of shapes into equal parts.

Half And Quarter Challenge: In this engaging challenge, students work on Fractions Of Shapes Activity Sheet using 2 paper plates and Crayons. By dividing the shapes into halves and quarters on the activity sheet, students can practice applying their knowledge of fractions in a fun and interactive way, reinforcing their understanding of halving objects and sets in mathematics.

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Hands-On Education covers most points of the national curriculum for key stage one. Use our resources if you are teaching your children or students about Inspired By Shapes, measurements: one, measurements: two. You will find tonnes of videos, activity sheets and easy to understand activity plans to support children in their learning journey!