# Here’s a Fun Way To Teach Fractions Using Pool Noodles

Summer is on the horizon, which means you can pick up inexpensive pool noodles at any dollar store. They have multiple uses in the classroom, but theyâ€™re extra helpful for keeping your math learnersâ€™ interests afloat. Check out this trick for pool noodle fractions! Students will be able to visualize fractions with this memorable and easy to set-up activity.

## What You Need

To make this pool noodle fraction activity, which can be used at a center or for independent word work, all you need is:

• Pool noodles in at least two different colors
• Cutting board
• Knife
• Permanent marker

## What to Do

1. Measure 12 inchesÂ on a noodle.

2. Cut at the 12-inch mark.

3. Write the number one on the piece.

4. Cut the other color of pool noodle into twoÂ 6-inch pieces.Â Write .5 on each.

5. Cut the first color of noodle into three 4-inch pieces for 1/3 (.3), then alternate colors for fourÂ 3-inch pieces for 1/4 (.25), six 2-inch pieces for 1/6 (.16), and eight 1.5-inch pieces for 1/8 (.125).

Voila! A tactile way to practice fractions or hit the pool.