Best way to teach elementary students about thirds and sixths? Kinesthetically!
Fractions for elementary students can be difficult, especially when they just gained an understanding of whole numbers. Did you know that the best way to teach fractions is through movement-based activities? Try new kinesthetic games and activities with your class using our Fraction Walk Thirds and Sixths Mat! Learning thirds and sixths fractions can be fun, energetic, and full of physical activity.
The Fraction Walk Thirds and Sixths floor mat features numbers one through five with corresponding equivalent fractions in thirds and sixths on either side. Proper and improper fractions are also shown with numerals and symbols on each side. This mat’s three-column layout makes it easy to compare fractions and understand the relationships between parts and wholes.
Measuring 40 inches wide and 130 inches long, the Fraction Walk Thirds and Sixths mat has ample space for multiple students to interact with it at one time. The symbols representing the fractions are large and easy to read. The colorful design will capture students’ attention and keep them engaged with beginning fractions.
Students will be able to comprehend fractions as a result of hopping on this mat. Practice identifying the numerator and denominator, equivalent fractions, and fractions greater than one. Use this mat alongside worksheets that include equations with fractions. With this vibrant mat as a visual reference, fractions will be a concrete concept in your students’ minds.
Above all, physical activity boosts students’ learning comprehension and improves their memory retention. Plus, movement-based activities and games can be so fun that most kids forget they are even learning math! Take a look at our activity database for ideas. This is what makes movement the best way to teach fractions!
Introduce fractions to elementary students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade with this mat! Make learning fractions enjoyable and exciting.
Also available: Fraction Walk Halves and Quarters Mat
Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!
Dimensions: 40 x 130 inches
Includes: 1/3 – 15/3 , 1 – 5, 1/6 – 30/6
Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.
Sample Activity: How many thirds in 5?
- Have your student count how many thirds are in 5 by stepping on each third while counting their steps from one to fifteen.
- If your student’s counting is out of sync with his/her steps, have them go back and start over.
- Knowledge of skip counting helps students understand fractions. If your student knows how to skip count by threes, and they can see that there are three-thirds in each of the whole numbers, then they can skip count to figure out how many thirds are in each whole number. To figure out how many thirds are in 3, have your student count ‘3, 6, 9’. To figure out how many thirds are in 5 count, ‘3, 6, 9, 12, 15’.