Lesson Plan of the Week – Musical Fractions!

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This week, our arts integration lesson plan works perfectly for teaching and assessing adding and subtracting fractions!  This can be a hard concept for students to grasp and this lesson makes the natural connections between fractions and note values.  As a bonus, students get to play their “fraction phrases” using handchimes (though you could use hand bells, xylophones, or anything else that sustains sound).  This lesson even includes the fraction worksheet that can be used for assessment.  Many thanks to our friend, Pat Auld, for contributing another fantastic lesson – great for grades 2-5!

Musical Fractions Lesson

Note and Fraction Patterns Worksheet

Note Value Worksheet

Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.

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  1. Nefeli Abastado November 17, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I really like your approach. I was wondering if I could adjust and use your worksheets with my year 5 class in my lesson about adding equivalent fractions. I hope this is alright with you.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you very much.
    warm regards,

    • Susan Riley November 18, 2012 at 5:52 am - Reply

      Hi Nefeli – Of COURSE you can use and adjust these for your own purposes. The only thing we ask is that you list EducationCloset.com as your resource for the documents. Enjoy!

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