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Math
Lesson
for Moon Day
Objective:
The
students will discover that fractions make up part of a
whole.

Materials

The lesson
may be prepped with one of the following books (if
desired): "The Moon Seems to Change" by
Franklyn M. Branley, "The Best Book of the
Moon" by Ian Graham, "What the Moon is
Like" by Franklyn M. Branley.

For each
pair of students have 1 whole moon cut out of blue
paper, 1 yellow moon cut in 1/2, 1 green moon cut in
1/4's. The 1/2 and 1/4's should equal the whole.

Procedure

Give each
pair of students their moon shapes. Discuss the
terms whole, half, and onefourth.

Have the
students place the 1/2 shapes on top of the whole shape.
Ask questions such as "How are the two 1/2s and
the whole the same?" and "How are they
different?"

Then have
them place the 1/4's over the yellow (whole) piece and
ask similar questions.

Then they
should place the 1/4's over the 1/2 shapes. Ask
questions again.

Finally,
allow the students to continue exploring the materials
and brainstorm other fractions (2/4=1/2, 4/4=1 whole,
etc.)

The pieces
may be stapled together and labeled to form a small
flap book.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Practice
counting by odds and evens, or 5's and 10's, by using
1/2 and whole moons on a number line.

Use actual
moon pies as a snack and break them into fractions
before eating them.

Using the
rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle", measure how far
each child can jump. This can be used as a
combination math and movement activity. Use 6
inch diameter paper moons to measure the distance
jumped.


