Do fractions make your students freeze with fear? Through the years, I have seen many children give up on understanding fractions and not even want to give it a try. I’ve tried many things through the years, including fraction tiles, fraction bars, pizza and pie games, and while they were helpful to many students, there were always one or two children in my class that just couldn’t grasp the idea. So, I recently decided to try a different approach – Laura Candler’s Penguin Fractions: Comparing and Ordering Resource Kit.

Let me tell you, my students **LOVED** these activities! To top it all off, even those students who normally hang back and wait for someone to step in and tell them/help them find the answer were fully engaged and active throughout every activity. And the results of how many students grasped comparing and ordering fractions? Hmmmm…..you can scroll all the way to the bottom to find out! ๐

To prepare for the Penguin Fractions Activities, I first printed out the items from the packet I wanted (the packet is truly ** loaded with a ton of activities**, penguin fraction cards, and teacher resources). I chose to print in color, since I was going to be laminating and keeping the materials for future use.

I then took some time to read through the ** Teacher Step-by-Step Interactive Lessons**. Laura really gave me some wonderful tips for teaching fractions; things I had not thought about before! After I read through the guides, I split the packet into 2 parts for my own use:

1. Lessons and Activities for future use and reteaching.

2. Lessons and Activities to use right now.

I then planned a special **Penguin Fractions Math Day** for all my math students. This was a break from our normal routine, so they were very excited! I chose 5 particular Penguin Fraction activities to use with my students on this day (There are many more in the packet that I’ll be using in the future weeks as review). After explaining what the students would be doing at each of the Penguin stations, I broke them into small groups of 3 or 4 and had them rotate to each of the centers.

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__Penguin Station #1: Save the Penguins__

**(Finding Equivalent Fractions)****LOVED**this game! So much so, that they did not realize they were actually working to find equivalent fractions. ๐ For this activity, students had to save the penguins from the sharks by spinning a fraction, finding an equivalent fraction, and placing it on their iceberg. Once a student or team had 5 penguins on their iceberg, they were declared the winner and started the game again. As the game progressed, my students became much more proficient and speedy in finding equivalent fractions. I was so happy to see this! Best part? They played it on their own free time at recess. Win!

__Penguin Station #2: Penguin Memory Match Game__

*(Identifying Equivalent Fractions)*

__Penguin Station #3: Penguin Fraction Benchmark Comparison__

*(Comparing Fractions to Benchmarks)*

__Penguin Station #4: Penguin Benchmark Fraction Interactive Notebook Flapper__

*(Comparing Fractions to Benchmarks)*

__Penguin Station #5: Penguin Puzzler Task Cards__

*(Comparing and Ordering Fractions)***” worksheet to each student. It had 4 word problems where students were required to compare and/or order fractions in order to correctly solve the problem.**

*Silly Penguin Puzzlers*

*ALL 22 students demonstrated mastery of the concept! YES! VICTORY!*

Brenda Kovich says

This is really cute, Shelly! I’m starting fractions next week. Can’t wait to hop on over to your store during the sale and pick this up!

๐ Brenda