# Hamilton's Math Update 5-20-24

This week, we will finish up our fractions unit and take our end of year assessment.

In this chapter, your student is learning about equal shares, halves, and fourths of two-dimensional shapes. The lessons address identifying equal shares, partitioning shapes, and identifying shapes that show halves and fourths. The vocabulary words for this chapter are: **equal shares, unequal shares, half of, halves, fourth of, fourths, quarter of, and quarters.**

There are many opportunities each day to talk about shares, halves, and fourths with your student. Here are a few ideas for the kitchen:

- Discuss cutting food items, such as a sandwich, into equal shares. Have your student explain what equal shares means, then have him or her tell you how many equal shares there will be if you cut the sandwich into halves and how many there would be if you cut it into fourths. Have your student tell you where to cut to make equal shares. Place the knife as if you were cutting unequal shares and have your student tell whether or not the shares would be equal if you cut there and explain his or her reasoning.
- Allow your student to model equal shares by cutting a soft item, such as a banana. Ask your student to cut the banana into two equal shares. Ask, “What makes these equal shares? What is each of the two equal shares called?” Although a banana is a 3-dimensional object, your student should understand that the two halves are the same size. Repeat with fourths.
- Point out items that are partitioned into equal shares, such as graham crackers. Ask, “How many equal shares does the graham cracker have? What is each equal share called? If we eat one fourth, how many fourths are left?”

By the end of this chapter, your student should feel confident with the learning targets and success criteria on the next page. Encourage your student to look for other items that represent equal shares, halves, and fourths, such as game boards or greeting cards that fold in half, dominoes that have two equal parts, or window panes that are divided into fourths.

Have a great time learning about equal shares, halves, and fourths together!