Frogs and fractions.. go together like peanut butter and jelly?! Stay with me, I promise this one will CHANGE how students understand fractions on a number line.
Frankie starts on his lily pad and jumps to the spot on the number line that is marked to eat his fly (the point). Each jump counts as one, therefore if he jumps 4 times, our numerator is 4. After, Frankie is so tired from his jumping he needs to swim to his lily pad. He starts at one lily pad (0) and goes UNDER the water, and comes up for breath every hash mark. Each time he comes up for water, it counts as one and that is our denominator. He swims across the whole pond to the other lily pad which is 1. I love using these mats (pictured below) so students get a lot of practice with finding fractions on a number line.
It usually works WONDERS with my kids! We spend a lot of time creating our own number lines and using fraction tiles to help us understand that each part of our number line is a part of our whole prior to this lesson. The kids are always so excited about Frankie and how he helps us! I also bought a frog onesie from Amazon to really spice it up!
My kids LOVED this whole lesson and is always a standard they perform so well on, a win win! 🐸
Let me know if you use Frankie in your room and how it works!