Keep a diary. Show her that fractions are a part of everyday life. For a week, have her record and illustrate each one she notices. For instance, she might write, "We had a half day of school today," or "Mom asked for 1 1/3 pounds of turkey at the store”. How many examples can she find and draw?
Play a game. Have each player cut a sheet of construction paper into six horizontal strips. She should leave the first one whole and then cut the second one in half (fold it, and cut along the fold), and the others into thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. With bits of masking of tape, label a die: ½, 1/3, ¼, 1/6, 1/8, and “wild”. To play, roll the die, and lay the matching piece of paper on your whole strip (for "wild," choose any piece). The goal is to be the first one to fill your strip without overlapping any pieces (example: ½ + ¼ + ¼= 1 whole strip).
Put in order. Together, make a set of fraction cards, with one fraction per index card(1/4, ½, ¾, 1, 11/4, 11/2, 13/4, 2)). Shuffle the cards, and see how quickly your youngster can put them in order. Then, while she closes her eyes, lay the cards in order but leave out a few. Give her the missing cards, and have her put them where they go.
Published in Math & Science Connection (Intermediate Edition), 2014