Math: algebra

Carrot cut into 3, 1/3, 2/3, 3/3=1

Take 2 carrots of similar size and shape and a baby plastic spoon. Choose the thickest carrots for this activity. Cut one carrot into 3 equal parts either lengthwise and make them look the same (or almost the same). Say we cut the carrot into three equal parts. Each part is the same as the other ones. Take 1 cut piece. Say this is one third of the carrot. Let us put it right here. Put one third of the carrot in front of the baby. Say: let us pretend that this spoon is out imaginary line. We will put it under the third of the vegetable. Put the spoon below the piece of the carrot. Take another carrot and also cut into three equal pieces. Say now this is the whole carrot made of three pieces. If we put the three pieces together, they will be one whole carrot. We will put this cut into three pieces carrot beneath the imaginary line – our spoon. Put all the three pieces of the second carrot under the spoon. Point to the one third of the carrot and say: one (point to the 3 pieces below) third of the carrot! Point several times to the one third and the three pieces below and name them. Take another third piece. Say I will put it next to the first one third. Take it and put it above the spoon and next to the first cut piece. Say: now we have got two thirds of the carrot up here! Point to the pieces and start counting: one, two. Point to the 2 pieces and say 2! Point to the three pieces below the spoon and say third! 2/3rd!

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