More sharing diagrams

Students solve problems about sharing pancakes equally among people.

They record the process through sharing diagrams. Students may choose a variety of ways to express the process.

'Share nine pancakes among 12 people' is a year 6 example that could involve a variety of fractions, including twelfths.

Nine circles each divided into quarters with each quarter numbered. Written explanation of sharing.

A student’s sharing diagram.

Three groups of four stick figures, each group with three pancakes which are subdivided to represent the equal division.

Another sharing diagram.

Curriculum links

Year 3: Model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole

Year 6: Find a simple fraction of a quantity where the result is a whole number, with and without digital technologies