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Teach Reading Pie Charts & Fractions
with Slice Fractions

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Reading Pie Charts & Fractions

Practice reading pie charts and fractions!

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: This lesson reviews reading fractions and understanding pie charts.
  • Play: The students complete the third level group in the game (3. Fraction Parts).
  • Share & Discuss: These tasks have the students practice drawing pie charts and understanding their link to fractions.

Pie Charts

  • In pie charts the part with color represents the numerator.
  • The entirety of the pie (red + white) is the whole.
  • You need to figure out the denominator (in this pie chart the denominator is 4, because the numerator is 3).

Three quarters.

Teacher Resources

Tell the students in your own words:

  • When fractions are depicted with pie charts, the part with color represents the numerator.
  • The image is three quarters. The easiest way to determine it is perhaps thinking about the missing piece: if a quarter is missing, the area with color must be three quarters!

Reading Fractions

Fractions task.

Teacher Resources

This slide is an exercise. The students need to connect the right fraction to the right pie chart!

Note: The 6/6 is a trick question. It’s not a fraction at all, it’s simply a whole!


Lesson Goal

Now is the time to play Slice Fractions!

Play the game until you get to the caves (3. Fraction Parts levels complete).

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

Now is the time to continue playing Slice Fractions!

You can have students play the game until about 5-10 minutes of lesson time remains. Move then to the next slide, or after all students are done with the “3. Fraction Parts” levels (they are done when they reach the caves).

Students may have difficulty finishing every puzzle in this lesson. You can let them continue where they left off on the next lesson: it is not a problem if they do not manage to finish all levels in the 3. Fraction Parts group.

It can be a good idea to provide advanced students with additional exercises if they finish early. It’s a better alternative than let them continue playing after the 3. Fraction Parts levels, because then they will be starting from a different point in the next lesson.

How to Play

Select the island in the center.

Gameplay screenshot

Then, select the level you want to play to begin.

Gameplay screenshot

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • Did you have a favorite puzzle?
  • Was any of the puzzles hard?
  • What do you think of pie charts? Are they easy to read?

Tasks after Playing

How do you know how many parts to divide the pie into?

Show Notes

Rule when drawing pie chart fractions:

  1. Draw a circle
  2. Divide the circle into equal pieces, the number of pieces is the same as the denominator
  3. Color as many pieces as the numerator is

Draw the following fractions as pie charts: Fractions.

Teacher Resources

You can give the students time to consider these questions. They can answer them as pairs, as small groups, or individually, whichever way you prefer. These tasks function as control questions and help students demonstrate their learning which will help your assessment. It’s a good idea to also have a look at the student analytics in TeacherGaming Desk.

Printable template for drawing pie charts and box fractions (useful for practice!)