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Watermelon 3-Part Fraction Cards

When I was a kid, fractions terified and confused me.  I did not understand them and didn't understand why I would need to understand them.  One of my problems was that I was introduced to fractions too late, and I remember it coming in a fire hose of worksheets.  Now as a homeschool mom, I am obsessed with helping my kids and other people's children understand fractions in an enjoyable way.  Since this Saturday (Aug 3) is National Watermelon day, I thought this would be a perfect week for some sticky sweet fraction fun!

The printable contains Montessori-inspired 3-part cards for the major fraction pieces, including halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, and tenths.  The cards can be used as flashcards or labels for studying the different fractions, or print two copies to use them in the traditional 3-part way by cutting off the label on one of the pictures.  The child can then match the pictures and labels back together.

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The fraction 3-part cards also pair nicely with my watermelon felt food pattern I released a month or so ago.  For the crafty mom (or teacher), the pattern includes all the same fractions as this printable.  Help kids learn in a fun and hands-on way!

The PDF also contains watermelon slices from Scrapbook Gems, which can be cut into fraction slices: halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, and tenths.  Children can build fractions with the watermelon to show the quantities listed on the 3-part cards.  They can also play around with equivalent fractions, like in the above picture.  I recommend laminating them for durability.

I have teamed up with my friends in the Kid Blogger Network to bring you even more ways to teach fractions to kids!  From pizza to Lego to cookies- they have lots of ideas for all types of learners.

After I had gathered up all those fun fraction ideas from all over the web, I knew I needed to add some fraction books and toys!  We have really enjoyed the Sir Cumference books; although, they're higher thinking than the average picture book and not quite understandable by younger children.  The two pizza books look better suited for kindergartners.

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