Fractions in Social Studies
This third grade class at Fair Grove Elementary had the opportunity to learn about fractions and the history of Missouri pioneer life through visual art studies. Placeworks teaching artist Hadley O'Brien created a four week residency that included a field trip to the Springfield History Museum on the Square.
Students created a collaborative quilt using fraction pieces, designed illustrations using tangram puzzle pieces, and identified fractions in pioneer quilts. They also practiced and expanded on their knowledge of color theory and principles of balance in artwork.
Here are some of the GLCE and Common Core Standards we touched on in this residency:
> Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts, understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b
>Express whole numbers as fractions and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers
Visual Art Standards
> Identify and use warm and cool colors
> Identify and use symmetrical balance
> Compare different responses students may have to the same artwork