Water Fractions, Measuring Water & Story Problems

MATH

Water Fractions, Measuring Water & Story Problems


“Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence.” Maria Montessori


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Using water for fractions

What you'll need:

small pitcher

measuring cups

paper

pencil


How to do it:

Pour 1 cup of water into a pitcher. Set two ½ cup measuring cups on the tray and a 1 cup measuring cup next to them. Fill the ½ cup measuring cups and use them to fill the 1 cup measuring cup last. Write the equation: ½ c + ½ c = 1 cup. Practice and include other measurements.


Helpful tip:

If possible use measuring cups that are similar in style.  Laminate a small 3"x3" piece of cardstock and use a dry erase marker to write out the measurements.  

Measuring water with a ruler

What you'll need:

a variety of see through cups

a ruler

small pieces of paper

tape

pencil


How to do it:

Fill clear cups to different depths with water. Use a ruler vertically, with 0 at the base to measure the depth of the water. Write labels for each cup using paper and tape. (Example: 3 inches, 4 ½ inches).


Making up story problems about water

What you'll need:

measuring cups

a notebook


How to do it:

Ask your student to make up a story problem about water. Example: Mom gave 1 cup of water to me and 3 cups of water to dad, and 2 cups of water to the puppy. How many cups of water did mom give? Answer: 6. Older students can write them out in a notebook.

Helpful tip:

Everything in Montessori is taught from the concrete version of the work to the abstract. 

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