Approaches and methodologies

Paper-folding and fractions

Paper-folding can be used effectively in the development of fraction concepts. The teacher and the children fold a sheet of paper in two and discuss the equality of the parts. The concept of half can then be introduced and the children can colour half of the piece of paper. The same activity can be done with quarters by folding the paper a second time. Is there more than one way to fold a piece of paper in half? in quarters? The children will have to consider the size of the unit.

Comparison of fractions

Which is bigger, a half or a quarter? By how much?
Children show how much bigger the half is and discuss how they found out.

Which is bigger, a half or three quarters? By how much? Which is smaller?