I love using geoboards. They can be used in a number of different ways. I was using them for teaching plane shapes and it occurred to me that I could also use them to teach fractions! Let me show you what I did!
I have the double sided geoboards. I use the side that has a circle on it. In first grade, students have to know how to separate a circle or a rectangle into halves or fourths. They need to know that quarters and fourths relate to cutting something into four parts. They need to know that half relates to cutting something into two parts. I also add in that I want my students to write fractions with a denominator of two or four.
Last year, I made up little cards that had basic directions last year. I gave each student a small sheet of paper to complete the activities on each card. This year, I upgraded to using the geoboards...so they don't really have to *draw*...I just said 'work with it', and that's what they did! :)
I created six sets of cards. Two on each page.
I made the first four sets a bit on the easy side, and the last two a bit more challenging. This gave me the opportunity to differentiate my instruction. I color coded them so that the students would also know what they were working with! :)
These centers were super easy to create and really gave my students lots of tangible practice! They loved them! :)
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