Fractions can be a challenge to teach when your students are having difficulty grasping the abstract. One of my favorite ways to make concepts of fractions more concrete and relatable is by making fraction kites.
This activity is a hit year after year, and it was even featured in Scholastic magazine!
How to Make Fraction Kites
I have my students choose six colors they want to use on their kite grid. They can then decorate their own design. Some students color the squares in randomly, while others try and make an overall design.
Then, they use their same colors to color in the ribbons. For the ribbons, the students find what fraction of the kite is the corresponding color, and write it in the center of the ribbon. So for example, they write what fraction of the kite is red on the red ribbon.
In my own class, I have my students create a multiplication equation from the grid array so they can determine the denominator. Then, after they find each fraction for each color, they have to order the fraction ribbons from least to greatest. Finally, I tape the ribbons in that order onto a piece of yarn and attach it to the kite. It’s ready to hang!
I love making fraction kites because the students get to be creative while learning and see their work proudly displayed as a colorful bulletin board. The project is quick and really easy to implement – and it passes the sub test! (You can leave it to the sub with little to no explanation).