This activity follows on from World of Tan 26 - Old Chestnut
As usual, Little Fung and Little Ming are arguing. Today the argument is about schoolwork...
I'm telling you, it's about numbers!
No, it's about sharing things out!
Look, it's about having equal amounts. We've been shown that it's about sharing things out fairly.
My teacher showed us it was all about numbers. She put them on a number line.
Oh, this is hopeless. I'm going into the yard to find someone sensible to talk to.
Good luck finding anyone! They're ALL in a meeting to talk about getting a bigger van and making alterations to the yard to allow the van in.
I'll see if they've finished. They've helped us with fractions before - I just hope they won't confuse us even more.
The children enter the office and find everyone - Granma T, Mah Ling, Chi Wing, Wai Ping and Wu Ming - sitting round the table enjoying cups of tea. The meeting appears to have finished, and what better time to interrupt!
Can you settle an argument? We can't agree about fractions.
Fractions! Don't you learn about those at school?
That's right. So what do you remember from school?
You must all use them here when you're working... so what are fractions?
I never use them! I can't help you, sorry.
Let me ask both of you a question. Six lots of what makes two?
There is a short pause and everyone looks blankly at each other - all except one person.
It's a third - one over three. If you put six lots of a third together, it makes two wholes.
Now that's what fractions are!
Hang on, isn't fractions like sharing six crackers out between three people and everybody getting two each?
He's right - finding a third of something is the same as dividing by 3!
I've just remembered something about fractions! Does anyone else remember that riddle? Half of a half of a half of a half of a half is what?
Almost nothing. Now let's get back to our meeting - out you go, children.
Yes, out you go. We have to decide what will happen when we buy a van that is half as big again...
In the meantime, complete the silhouette of Little Fung at the table asking about fractions.
- What do you think fractions mean? What have you learnt about fractions at school? Write down all the different things that you can remember about fractions.
- What does 'half as big again' mean for the size of the van? Can you draw a line and make it half as big again? Draw a shape on squared paper and try making that shape half as big again.
The story continues in World of Tan 28 - Concentrating on Coordinates