A Pizza the Pizza – Fractions Activity!

Hi, 5th graders! Since we’re starting our Math Fractions Unit very soon, I wanted to do an intro activity as a refresher. Today we’ll be making pizzas using fractions!

1.) Please open the activity on Google Drawings here.
2.) The pizza ingredients are to the left of the page. Drag each one to match the fraction amounts for each of the pizza orders.
3.) For the “Make Your Own Topping,” follow the instructions in the Slideshow below.
(Click Insert, Shape, Shapes, and pick a shape. To change a shape’s color, click on the shape, then paint bucket button. To change a shape’s size, click on the shape and drag the blue dots).

Ask for help if you need it! 🙂

Student Goals:
– This activity can help students activate what they remember and don’t remember about fractions in a fun way through pizza-building by asking them to use the fractions provided in the Pizza Orders to make the correct pizzas.
– It can be a way to check in with themselves before they start the fractions unit.

Teacher Goals:
– Based on how students do, this data can guide the teacher’s instruction before they officially start teaching the new unit on fractions.
– The activity can help the teacher see which students understand fractions (Pizza Order #1), and which students know how to simplify fractions (Pizza Order #2). This can help the teacher make decisions on ability grouping.

Featured Image by Ivan Torres on Unsplash

3 Replies to “A Pizza the Pizza – Fractions Activity!”

  1. A very clever idea for teaching fractions. Demonstrates how to use Drawings to support learning. It’s a fun way to pre-assess before starting the fractions unit. Especially the simplification of fractions.
    Plus, who doesn’t love Pizza!

  2. Hi Brie, I think this idea is so creative! I think it would be so fun for the students to pick and choose which toppings to go on their pizza. This would really engage the kids and help them attain the concepts of fractions as well.

  3. I love this idea so much! I have seen pizzas used to teach fractions before but not in this way. I think it provides multiple levels of engagement for students outside of the traditional fraction presentation. I also think because of its design it could be used to compliment and supplement learning throughout a unit.

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