Kal-El began working in his fraction notebook today. I made this with my can't-live-without-it comb-binding machine . I chose an orange cover because we didn't have anything else in the classroom right now that was orange. It is not an official Montessori color or anything.
I would LOVE to see some posts or photos from all of YOU that shows me how YOUR kids our recording their fraction work! Please e-mail me photos or toss a link in the comments section!
Right now Kal-El's handwriting is sized so that one number or letter just barely fits inside a half-inch square. I worried about the fraction bars and operators showing up against a black grid so I didn't use the squared paper I usually use. Instead, I tracked down this blue version. I printed twenty 8.5x11 pages double-sided and then cut them in half (to 5.5 x 8.5). This will leave enough room for longer equations and reduction later. The page above is the first page in his book, so you can see that I wrote the first problem as a demonstration and taught him to doodle to fill a row of squares between each problem.
Today his was working on completing an envelope of tickets comprised of fraction equivalents for 1/2. He had to solve for a missing numerator. The prepared tickets he used today will be available here as a free download later this week! All of the prepared tickets I am making right now show the fraction in the tall fraction format you see above. We haven't introduced the horizontal format yet. I will have nearly ALL of the fraction tickets available as downloads near the end of the week in this tall format, both primary/elementary and strictly elementary. If you need something TODAY and/or are interested in the horizontal format you can pick up a download for basic primary/elementary mixed operations with like denominators right now at Montessori Trails.