As we near the end of our fractions unit, I am finishing up with our last Common Core Standard - Fraction Line Plots. I've only found a few resources to help with teaching this to my kids and I really wanted to get them engaged in an activity instead of just giving them another practice worksheet. Lo and behold, an idea came to me! I thought of Fraction Line Plot Activities to create.
I started quickly making task cards of different sized nails (which I got from my co-worker who drew them for his Chemical and Physical Change Clipart. - So the nail's rusty - chemical change).
Anyway, I made enough task cards so that all of my students would have one on a line plot and they would be of varying lengths of a unit. Here's what one of the sets looks like:
Here was the finished product:
The final step was to answer questions about the data presented. I decided to make 2 additional versions of this with other objects so that I can do more practice in the future. This activity worked fantastically and I've found other ways to vary it. I have also split my class into small groups of 8 or so students to make the problems a little easier (since there were fewer fractions to plot). They worked together as a group to share their fractions and each make their own plot on their paper using this information. Then, they solved the problems as a group.
For more information on how to introduce and teach fraction line plots, check out my other resource: Fraction Line Plot Packet.