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# Exploring Fractions through Pizza Making

**Title:** Exploring Fractions through Pizza Making

**Compliance:** Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

**Subject:** Mathematics

**Summary:** Engage fifth-grade students in a hands-on activity where they explore fractions by making their own pizzas.

**Topic:** Fractions

## Learning Outcomes:

- Know the concept of fractions and their representation
- Understand how to compare and order fractions
- Can add and subtract fractions with like denominators

## Methodology:

This activity will be conducted in small groups to encourage collaboration and teamwork. Students will engage in hands-on learning by making their own pizzas and exploring fractions through various tasks and challenges.

## Resources/Materials:

- Ingredients for pizza making (dough, sauce, cheese, toppings)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rolling pins
- Pizza pans or baking sheets
- Oven or toaster oven
- Markers and paper

## Instructions:

1. Begin by introducing the concept of fractions to the students. Explain that fractions represent parts of a whole.

2. Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with the necessary materials for pizza making.

3. Instruct the students to measure and mix the ingredients to make the pizza dough. Discuss the concept of equal parts while dividing the dough into smaller portions.

4. Once the dough is ready, have the students roll it out to form the pizza crusts. Encourage them to discuss and estimate the fraction of the whole dough used for each crust.

5. Ask the students to spread the sauce and sprinkle the cheese on their pizza crusts. Discuss the concept of fractions as they divide the toppings equally among the slices.

6. Place the pizzas in the oven and bake them according to the instructions.

7. While the pizzas are baking, provide each group with markers and paper. Instruct them to draw and label a pizza, dividing it into different fractions.

8. Once the pizzas are ready, allow the students to enjoy their creations while discussing the fractions represented by each slice.

## Activities:

1. Fraction Comparison: Have the students compare the sizes of different pizza slices and discuss which fractions are larger or smaller.

2. Fraction Ordering: Ask the students to arrange their pizza slices in order from smallest to largest fraction.

3. Fraction Addition: Challenge the students to combine two or more pizza slices to create a new fraction. Discuss the process and the resulting fraction.

4. Fraction Subtraction: Instruct the students to remove a portion of a pizza slice and determine the resulting fraction. Discuss the concept of subtracting fractions.

5. Fraction Representation: Have the students present their drawn pizzas and explain the fractions represented by each slice.

6. Fraction Quiz: Assess the students' understanding of fractions by providing a quiz with questions related to the concepts covered during the activity.

By the end of this activity, students will have a solid understanding of fractions and their representation, as well as the ability to compare, order, add, and subtract fractions.

*Common Core State Standards for Mathematics*

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