## Monday, November 24, 2014

### Monday Math Literature: Equivalent Fractions

Today I want to share with you one of the newest additions to my math literature collection.  This one is great for grades 4-6 or anyone interested in equivalent fractions.

This book is part of the Charlesbridge Math Adventures series which includes other great upper elementary picture books such as the Sir Cumference books.  This book is the newest one and was just published this spring.

In this story, a young boy by the name of George Factor collects fractions of all types.  He goes to an auction to purchase a rare fraction for his collection but it is stolen before he can bid on it.  He thinks it is the work of the evil Dr. Brok who has been known to steal fractions and disguise them so they can never be found.  George puts together a ray gun using an old keyboard, a whisk and other spare computer parts.  The ray gun is able to reduce fractions and rid them of their disguises.  He goes to Dr. Brok's house and reduces fractions until he finds the missing fractions from the auction.

 George with his ray gun! Ready to reduce some fractions.
I plan on using this book in grades 4 and 5 when we talk

about reducing fractions.  I think it would be really fun to build the ray gun like George has in the story using an old keyboard and such.  I have to think more about how I will be attaching these parts together so if anyone has any suggestions for how to make this let me know in the comments below!

I will be following up this story with a little holiday themed equivalent fraction sort.   You can grab this to use with your students from Google drive.

 This reindeer themed equivalent fraction sort is a fun way to practice fraction equivalency.  It can be used as a simple matching game or turned into a memory game.
If you are looking for a fun way to practice fraction addition and subtraction, you might want to check this out!