Fraction day for Teddy Bears. 

I love checking in with my new maths number group  today.  I ask the children to pick a bear that shows how they feel about fractions. They give it some thought and then choose their card (some insist that they need two). 

 For the most part, the children are nervous as they feel that they “don’t  know much about fractions”. 

Some are excited to be in a new group and some are looking forward to learning new things. 

They share their thinking and then go off to photograph their bear and make a note of their feelings at the start of the unit. 

It’s awesome that the group is small, because when we gather to share what we think we know about fractions, we can all jot our thoughts down on the same sheet of paper. 

I love the fact that everyone chooses where to sit. How to sit. Who to sit with. Or to sit alone when we take circles and begin exploring what fractions are. 

Jess, with her broken arm asks for help, and Trav kindly offers to assist her. It’s one thing to talk about empathy and collaboration. It’s another to live them. 

The paper folding goes well and the language of fractions begins to emerge.  

Then, Sam says, “Jina, let’s make thirds”. Great idea – so we all start trying. And trying. Jordy decides it’s a good idea to make quarters and cut one off. That’s thirds !?! 

The excitement  and experimenting mound, until The end of the lesson is in sight and I suggest we all take a circle home and see if someone at home has any ideas to add to ours. 

Can’t wait to see what happens … With the thirds; and with the emotions that the Bears go trough as we engage in learning about fractions. 


About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!
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3 Responses to Fraction day for Teddy Bears. 

  1. lanafleiszig says:

    Jina it’s amazing how much useful data can come from bear cards. I feel blessed to have Blake in your class!


  2. Janet says:

    Great work Jina, I look forward to seeing how the choice in bears change over time and the learning that develops from here.


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