Once the little one went down for a nap, my oldest son and I started playing. The first task was to create the half block using any of the others, but not another half block.
"come on daddy, give me one that's harder. That was too easy!"
"Try to make three fourths," I said, as I put the half and quarter block together.
"Come on daddy, I thought you were going to give me a hard one!"
"Hold on buddy, we still need to write it down."
one plus one half plus two sixteenths = four fourths plus ten sixteenths
What I am going to claim is that my son was playing around with equivalent fractions, wasn't afraid of them, and thought that they were easy. If we can do things like this throughout a child's education, maybe the math monster won't be so scary as they progress through school... or maybe it's all a bunch of blocks.
What could you do with this lesson? How would you change it? I'm interested in your feedback.
Happy "Equivalent Smiles" Fishing
.STL file of the activity