Montessori Math Material: Fraction skittles

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Learning Fraction with Fraction skittles and task cards

fraction skittles with task cards


I recently developed some task cards to go with our fraction skittles

I used these fraction skittles to introduce the concept of fraction. 

Children can hold the skittles, feel what is the meaning of a whole


 Stage 1:  Matching the symbol cards with the skittles

Child put the skittles on the task card and find the matching symbol for it


Stage 2: Coloring the fraction part with the given symbols


Putting skittles back to the tray is a learning opportunity

Hannah put the skittles into the tray. I told her there is no rule on how it should be placed as long as all skittles are on the tray. Here is what she did. 

**If you want to follow Montessori Manual, the skittles should be placed in sequence. 

Left to right:  a whole, half, one third and quarter

For me, I prefer to provide open questions for my students to explore. 

fraction skittles

She made two quarters and one half to make a whole (one circle)
During the process of putting skittles back, she realized that 1/3 and 1/2 are not friend. It is impossible to put 1/3 and 1/2 to complete a whole (one circle)
1/4 and 1/2 are good match.


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