Congratulations!!! You’ve hopefully made it through your state testing.
You have your benchmark testing either done or coming up real soon.
Your students are squirrely and you need something engaging, but still learning.
You could also be looking for something to create with your students to hang in the hallway to decorate for spring.
Fraction flowers is the answer for you and your class.
If you are a primary teacher, don’t run… you can adjust these to be Fact Flowers instead.
I first created this activity about 10 years ago as I wanted my students to have something fun to review fractions before our state test. This activity is high engaging and allows the student to be flexible in their math, but also in their flower creation. When working on Fraction Flowers, students are working on: equivalent fractions, writing a fraction as a decimal, and plotting a decimal on a number line.
Intermediate teachers, you will give each of your students a fraction. You can use unit fractions or fractions, it doesn’t matter. Be sure to give them fractions that they can find the decimal for by making the denominator a 10 or 100. If you are a 5th grade teacher, you can make the given fractions harder and have your students use division to find the decimal. You can easily differentiate this activity based on the fractions you give your students.
If you are a primary teacher and want to try out Fact Flowers, change up the directions like to be: You give each student a number between 10-20 (I’ve even had student roll a 20-sided die to get their number). Students can put their number on the center of their flower and write out different combinations to make that number. For example: 13 goes on the center of the flower, students put 0+13, 1+12, 2+11, 3+10, 4+9, 5+8, 7+6, 6+7, 8+5, 9+4, 10+3, 11+2, 12+1, 13+0 on the petals. Primary students can still create a number line on the stem and mark their number on the number line.
I have included a basic lesson plan and all of the black lines you can use to create your petals. I pick about 5-7 colors and copy each petal in each color. I copy circles for the center of each flower and cut the stems about 2″ wide. Feel free to edit how it works best for you.
I’ve posted these fraction flowers in the hall in various ways. Copy me if you’d like or create your own display. Please tag us if you post pictures! @makingmathmakesense @KappelEmily @HiltyConsultingLLC