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Fraction Pictures

Cheryl Carasick
Marion County Schools


Students use pictures in their math lesson. They become numerical problem solvers as they create fractions from pictures, then write them into sentences.


The student reads, writes, and identifies whole numbers, fractions, and mixed numbers.


-Pictures for whole group and individuals (see associated file)
-Rubric for assessment (see associated file)
-Board or overhead projector and writing instruments


1. Gather classroom materials needed.
2. Duplicate pictures to be used from the associated file.
3. Duplicate one copy of the rubric for each student or create a transparency of the rubric for the whole class.


This lesson requires some prior knowledge for students. They should have been introduced to fractions and have knowledge of numerators and denominators. This lesson only instructs writing fractions

1. Review what a numerator and a denominator are.

2. Show students the rubric for this assignment. Ask if there are any questions.

3. Show students an example of a picture. As a group, model finding fractions within the picture. Make a list on the board together of fractions found. For example: Show the picture provided titled Picture of Family in the associated file. As a class, make a list of all the possible fractions that can be found within this picture. Some possible answers are: 3/5 of the people in this picture are children, 1/5 of the people have a soccer ball, and 2/2 of the adults are wearing pants.

4. Create mathematical sentences based on the fractions found in the picture. For example: 3/4 of the people in this picture are girls. Ask students to use one of the fractions in a sentence. Write this or allow the student to write it on the board or overhead. Ask another student to use a different fraction from the picture in a sentence. Record it.

5. Provide all students with the same picture chosen from the associated file.

6. Tell students to search through the picture to create fractions. Circulate and offer feedback. Allow students to share their answers so that those who are having difficulty will see and hear additional examples. Ask students to use the fractions in sentences.

7. Give students one of the pictures from the associated file. Pictures should be varied and have a letter on the back. Have students write that letter on the top of their papers so that you know which picture they were looking at. Tell students to create 5 fractions from the picture. Fractions should be written correctly and incorporated into sentences so as to check for accuracy. As students work, circulate and offer feedback and guidance.


This lesson only assesses students writing fractions. Formatively assess students on their ability to accurately identify five or more fractions within a given picture and write the fractions in correct form. Use the rubric in the associated file to assess students' work. Examples of possible answers based on the pictures provided are given in the associated file.


Using pictures based on other lessons being taught can extend this activity. For example, use pictures of famous works of art, science themes, or social studies themes.

Web Links

This link provides a picture to be used with this lesson.
Picture of five adults

This link provides a picture to be used with this lesson.
Picture of three young children playing ball

This link provides a picture to be used with this lesson.
Picture of children from various backgrounds

This link provides a picture to be used with this lesson.
Picture of a family

Attached Files

Rubric     File Extension: pdf

Examples of fractions for the provided pictures     File Extension: pdf

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