Math: algebra

Pepper cut in 7

Take 2 peppers of similar size and shape and a baby plastic spoon. Choose the thickest peppers for this activity. Cut one pepper into 7 equal parts either lengthwise and make them look the same (or almost the same). Say we cut the pepper into seven equal parts. Each part is the same as the other ones. Take 1 cut piece. Say this is one seventh of the pepper. Let us put it right here. Put one seventh of the pepper in front of the baby. Say: let us pretend that this spoon is out imaginary line. We will put it under the seventh of the vegetable. Put the spoon below the piece of the pepper. Take another pepper and also cut into seven equal pieces. Say now this is the whole pepper made of seven pieces. If we put the seven pieces together, they will be one whole pepper. We will put this cut into seven pieces pepper beneath the imaginary line – our spoon. Put all the seven pieces of the second pepper under the spoon. Point to the one seventh of the pepper and say: one (point to the 7 pieces below) seventh of the pepper! Point several times to the one seventh and the seven pieces below and name them. Take another seventh piece. Say I will put it next to the first one seventh. Take it and put it above the spoon and next to the first cut piece. Say: now we have got two sevenths of the pepper up here! Point to the pieces and start counting: one, two. Point to the 2 pieces and say 2! Point to the seven pieces below the spoon and say seventh! 2/7th!

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