Pie Chart to Show HalvesA traditional way to teach fractions is to give students a picture of a pizza and have them divide it up into equal parts. A pie chart is a graphic organizer that works in the same way as a pizza picture. It can be used to help students show and understand fractions. The chart forms a circle which can be divided into equal parts. By coloring the chart using different colors, students begin to see the pieces as equal parts of the whole. In the ½ Pie Chart, the chart is divided into two equal parts. Students decide how to color each side. They then write the fractions for the amount of the pie chart that is red and the amount that is blue. In this way, students gain experience with making fractional pictures and writing the fractions they represent.
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