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Which subject | Mathematics |

What age group | Year or Grade 4 |

What topic | Fractions |

Quantity | 1 |

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Good morning, class!

Let's start this lesson with a quick activity. Can you all raise your hands and tell me if you have ever shared a pizza or a cake with your family or friends?

(Allow time for students to raise their hands and answer.)

Great! I'm sure most of you have done that before. Now, let me ask you a question - did you always get the same size of the slice as everyone else?

(Allow time for students to answer.)

No? That's because sometimes we need to share something, but it's not always easy to split it into equal parts. That's where fractions come in!

Today, we're going to talk about fractions. Fractions are a way of showing parts of a whole. Imagine that this whole apple represents one.

(Show a picture of a whole apple.)

Now, if we split the apple into two equal parts, each part represents a half.

(Show a picture of a divided apple.)

So 1 divided by 2, or 1/2, is half.

We can also divide the apple into four equal parts.

(Show a picture of a further divided apple.)

Each part represents a quarter, or 1/4, of the whole apple.

Let's recap what we learned today.

- Fractions are a way of showing parts of a whole.
- We can divide a whole into equal parts.
- Each part represents a fraction of the whole.

I hope you're as excited about fractions as I am! Let's move on to some practice problems.