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Replicating the standard fast food item, students of all ages can learn important concepts and skills using a “Fraction Burger®” comprised of the meat, the bun and all the fixings – all divided into the following fractions: 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, and 1/12.
Sitting on a table or desk often proves irresistible to kids and adult alike, who want to pick it up and begin playing with the pieces as one might play with any puzzle. For this reason, the Fraction Burger can be an especially useful tool with older students who need to strengthen their conceptualization of fractions.
The Fraction Burger is accompanied by a guide ($13.95) that takes the student through 47 activities that are carefully laid out for sequential learning. These activities are easy to follow and require very little intervention from the teacher.
The student is first introduced to the concepts of wholes, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, piths, tenths, and twelfths. During this development there is a consistently strong emphasis on bridging the concept from the word to the fraction (number). Once these concepts are in place, the student is then introduced to other basics, such as being able to recognize one fraction as greater than or less than another, being able to write equivalent fractions, and being able to write fraction in simplest form. These skills lead naturally into the addition and subtraction of fractions and finally into multiplication and division of fractions.
The concrete approach inherent in using the Fraction Burger as a teaching/learning device is entirely consistent with the mathematical teaching standards recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Specifically, the Council recommends that mathematical ideas be connected to things in the real world as they are introduced. In classroom practice, manipulating the Fraction Burger pieces is far more real and far less abstract than the traditional drawing of lines in so-called fraction circles…not to mention that it is much more fun!
For gifted students in the early grades, the Fraction Burger offers an opportunity to explore the relationships that go beyond standard grade-level requirements. There are no limits. Students can go as far as their curiosity takes them.
The Fraction Burger is also ideally suited for cooperative learning. Individuals can be paired or organized into small groups to cooperatively work the activity sheets. Skills in communicating mathematics are also greatly enhanced by working in this fashion.
Fractions, decimals, place value, whole number operation can be a tricky concept for elementary students (heck even adults can have trouble). Fast Food Math, from Delta Education, provides the materials needed to teach these concepts in a fun way. In addition to the Fraction Burger, the Fast Food Math program offers Base Ten Fries and Decimal Dogs. For a complete look at the Fast Food menu go to http://bit.ly/I1gzEJ.