Edible fractions produce fun learning
Posted on 09/12/2019
Students in cafeteria seated at a table with trays of fruit in front of them

Third grade students at Marumsco Hills Elementary School gathered in the cafeteria, not to eat, but to learn math. Working together, food services staff and classroom teachers created a hands-on, edible experience for the students. Each student received a lunch tray with various types of fruit on it. Teachers then led the students through a lesson where they separated the fruits into different fractions, as well as add and subtract fractions.

Students and teachers alike had a blast. "It was really cool that they included food and things we could feel, so that it could be easier to learn about fractions,” said student Isabella Tabares Arciniegas.

Teachers went the extra mile to ensure student understanding of fractions, an important part of the Math SOL. “It was exciting to see the light bulbs turning on as students worked,” said Lynn Smith, Title 1 math teacher.

Marumsco Hills is one of several schools where fruit fractions are used to teach math skills to students.

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