# Introduction to the Fraction Insets

From Montessori Album

Introduction to the Fraction Insets | |
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Math - Fractions | |

Level | Primary Elementary |

Age | 5.5+ |

Materials | ten metal fraction insets |

This activity teaches the child the names of fractions up to tenths.

## Contents

## Presentation

- "These are called fractions. The word fraction means to break apart."
- "This circle isn't broken apart. It is in one whole piece."
- "This circle is broken in two pieces."
- "With fractions, the pieces have to be the same size."
- "This circle is broken into three pieces that are all the same size."
- Teach the terms
*whole*,*half*, and*third*. Do a three period lesson. - Introduce more fractions and do another three period lesson.
- Introduce the remaining fractions if the child shows interest, or do the rest at a later time.

## Points of Interest

## Control of Error

## Variations and Extensions

- Food is excellent for demonstrating fractions.

## Material

### Make Your Own

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

### Where to Buy

Adena $67.05 (metal)

Affordable Montessori $89.00 (metal)

Albanesi $209.00 (metal)

Alison's $100.00 (metal)

Alison's $200.00 (wooden, "premium quality")

Bruins $225.00

Bruins $305.00 (metal)

E & O $290.00 (metal)

Hello Wood $169.00 (acrylic)

Kid Advance $64.99 (metal)

Montessori Concepts $63.00 (metal)

Montessori N' Such $92.00 (metal, no stand)

Montessori Outlet $38.95 (wooden, no stand)

Nienhuis $279.60

Thinkamajigs $99.95 (metal, includes stands)

**Stands for Fraction Insets**

Kid Advance $24.99

Montessori N' Such $42.00 (two levels)

Montessori Outlet $26.95

Nienhuis $58.50

### Online Resources

Dad's Worksheets Fraction Calculator

## Further Reading

- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, pages 84-85