# Fraction Skittles

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Introduction to the Fraction Insets
Math - Fractions
LevelPrimary
Elementary
Age5.5+
Materialsfour fraction skittles

This material is used only at the Elementary level.

## Presentation

1. Carry the fraction skittles one at a time to a mat or table. Place them in the upper right corner.
2. Take the whole fraction skittle and hold it upside down. Trace the edge of the base with two fingers. "This is one whole."
3. Take the halves fraction skittle and hold it upside down in the other hand to show that the two skittles are the same size.
4. Set them side-by-side on the mat.
5. Take the halves fraction skittle and show that it comes apart in two equal pieces. "One, two. There are two halves."

## Variations and Extensions

There is a very different and separate presentation for this work at the elementary level. AMI albums do not have a primary level presentation on this material.

In elementary, children work with dividing fractions by fractions using these fraction skittles. They are quickly introduced to the concept of which is which (what is described here as the "primary presentation", and they catch on quickly. The primary presentation does not seem necessary.

## Material

• Fraction circles could be made from different colors of felt:
(For a description of how these were made, see Counting Coconuts.)

## Printable Cards

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Fraction Skittles
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