Making fraction math trees is a really simple activity but is a great visual of how fractions work! You just need paper and scissors to build it. This is great math activity to go along with any Forest activities or unit studies. This is our activity to go along with the book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson for the Virtual Book Club this week.
How to Make a Fraction Tree
I used 7 pieces of brown paper for the trunk and 3 pieces of green paper for the leaves.
For the bottom part of the trunk, I stacked 3 “whole” papers.
After those three pieces, I began with the fractions. Divide one pice in half and place them on either side of the top of the whole piece.
Continue on dividing each successive piece of paper into a smaller fraction: 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16.
Just for fun, we also cut up a bunch of leaves to make it look more tree-like! You could decorate it according to the season with fall colored leaves, or spring blossoms, etc.
This is an awesome activity for a forest or tree teaching unit. It is also a fun hands-on way to teach fractions. Kids will remember that visual when practicing their fractions.
You could also mix up the pieces and let the kids assemble the tree themselves to see if they understand how the fractions work.
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The other participating bloggers this week:
Pre Writing Worksheets and Gruffalo Writing Tool– JDaniel4’s Mom
Splat Painting Inspired by the Gruffalo – Toddler Approved
Check out some of my past fraction teaching ideas:
For some reason, I love doing fraction posts! 🙂