Sunday, January 19, 2014

Math Menus: Fractions {Pin to Win}

Happy Extra Saturday, friends.  Don't you just love having a Monday off?  (I have read in several places that some of you don't have tomorrow off.  I'm so sorry.  Hopefully you will have a break in the near future!)

I finished and posted the Math Menus: Fractions file that I have been working on for the last few weeks.
My students have been completing their math menus during their "Math Facts" rotation during Math Workshop.  They also work on these activities when they are finished with tests and need something to do while others are still working.

Check out some of the work I've seen so far:

Why use Math Menus?
Math menus (or choice boards) offer teachers the opportunity to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice.  Menus are a differentiated technique that allow students to show what they learned in a creative format. I created this menu to provide an opportunity for my students to creatively show what they had learned about fractions. The level of complexity varies by the “value” of the activity. 
When can I fit it in?
My students work on their menu during our Math Workshop during one of their four rotations.  However, you could use this as a stand alone activity one day a week, as a bell ringer activity, or as an activity to complete when students say, “I’m through, what can I do?”. 

I gave my students two weeks to complete their menu, but you could provide more or less time depending on the needs in your classroom.
Editable Format:
I know that not everyone has the book from the appetizer menu: The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fraction Book by Jerry Pallotta.  I am lucky enough to have a signed copy!  He came to our school last year. Check out that post {here}. You might also not own my iPoke activity (although you can get it in my store if you’d like :) I know that those options might not work for everyone.  Also, maybe you don’t want to have students creating posters, writing raps, etc.  To make this product more teacher friendly, I've created it in an editable PowerPoint.  
I've provided a rubric that you can use for grading purposes.  I've also included a blank rubric for you to fill out to fit your needs.

I printed my menu two to a page to create a menu that was ½ a sheet.  My students then glued this into their math notebook and they are completing most of the work within their notebook.  This will provide the documentation I need for grading purposes.   
And, just as I have done in the past, I'm giving you a chance to Pin It to Win It :)
Just leave me a comment with the URL link to your pin below. You may pin to this blog post or directly to Teachers Pay Teachers at the link {here}.  I'll pick 5 winners on Wednesday night!

Good luck!

***Winners Announced!  Thanks to everyone who pinned!***


  1. This is an awesome idea, I LOVE it! I was just searching for something I can use for teaching fractions this week, thank you for sharing your creativity!

    Here's my Pin

    Fourth Grade Shenanigans

  2. I love, love, love this and would definitely use this in my classroom. I have pinned it:
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. This looks absolutely amazing! I would love to win this! Here's my pin:


  4. I am teaching fractions this week!

  5. I just had a professional development session Thursday about choice boards!!
    Would love this!!
    A Tall Drink of Water


  7. Always looking for something to help with fractions! Pinned it here

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  8. Love the idea of menus for the choices. Thank you for this opportunity.

  9. is my pin
    This looks great! Fractions are a hard concept for my third graders and I'm looking for some creative ways to help them. Thanks for the opportunity to win your Math Menus!

  10. This looks great! I would love to use the menus in my classroom!


  11. We are starting fractions next week and this would be great!



    Smiles and Sunshine

  14. Thanks!

  15. Love this. We haven't started our fractions yet. This looks fantastic. I love when kiddos have choice.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Great ideas!

  17. I could really use this! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  18. This looks great! Thanks for the chance!


  19. This seems to be so perfect! I'm a first year teacher, and really trying to get a handle on my math rotations. This math menu idea would work so well with my rotations! Thanks for the great idea. Here is my link on pinterest:

  20. LOVE this idea! We just finished up fractions last week, so this is perfect! :)

    Texas Teaching Fanatic

  21. I love this product and would definitely get great use out of it in my classroom! Thanks for the chance to win!


  22. Great ideas!

  23. Great ideas!!

  24. Looks awesome! I just started fractions yesterday in my Math RTI group!
    A New Day of Learning
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    Teachers Pay Teachers

  25. Here is my pin

    I think these choice boards for fractions are a great idea.

  26. LOVE!

  27. I have started the math rotations this year and my kids are loving it!!! Just ordered the recommended books math menus and guided math.. would love to have this for fractions... thanks pinned

  28. Love, Love, the fraction choice board. hope to win this Pin it to Win it.

  29. This is just what I need !!! I pinned it earlier but Ive had difficulties posting on here. Still hope I win...

  30. YOU are appreciated! LOVE your work.