Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fun Fraction Book

We are up to our knees with fractions in Room 19 this week!  I ordered this awesome book Whole-y Cow! Fractions Are Fun by Taryn Souders from Scholastic awhile back. Ever since then, I've been waiting and waiting for our fraction unit to arrive so I could read it with my class. It is very silly and I know they are going to just eat.it.up! 

On each set of pages there is a situation with the cow that incorporates some sort of fraction (of a set or of a whole - halves, thirds, fourths, tenths). Then it asks questions to which there is a fractional answer. Since we are working hard on learning which number "goes on the top" and which number "goes on the bottom" I thought it would be nice to have a recording sheet for my kids to write down the fractions as we went along. We may work through it orally as a whole class first and then have the activity sheet in a center later where 3/18 of them can work on it at a time while getting a closer look at the illustrations. ; ) I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do yet, but I do know that I love bringing fun read-alouds into our math block.

Before I made this document I "googled" to see if there was already one floating out there in cyber-space. While I didn't find what I was looking for exactly...I did find a whole packet of activities the author created to accompany the book - there's some good stuff in there. Here's the link: Fractions Are Fun

Click on the link below to download my recording sheet:


9 comments:

Andrea said...

Thanks for the link - that's something I can use to review before state testing! :)

Andrea

Taryn said...

This is Taryn Souders, author of Whole-y Cow! I am thrilled you liked the book and the website - thanks for the kind review! I hope you and your students will continue to enjoy the book as you start your unit!

Lory said...

I too loved Whole-y Cow! Thank you for the link and recording sheet.
Lory
Lory's Page

Mrs. McCumbee said...

Laura,
I am glad I found your blog. There are not enought second grade blogs out there. I love your site.
mrsmccumbeesclass.blogspot.com

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