
Obtain the Materials 

 Construction paper
 Paper sheets that can be glued onto the construction paper. These are the recording sheets.
______________ out of ________________ are __________________
The recording sheet should have the above statement written on it.
 Colored pom poms
 Googly eyes, pipe cleaners (optional)
 Completed caterpillar made out of various colored pom poms
Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.




Introduce the Activity 

 Have an already made caterpillar with a blank recording sheet for demonstration purposes.
 Show the children the caterpillar. Ask them to describe the caterpillar. Direct their answers toward how many pom poms of each color they see and how many pom poms there are in total. For example, if your caterpillar has 3 red pom poms, 2 yellow pom poms and 4 blue pom poms for a total of 9 pom poms, direct the answers to state that 3 out of the 9 pom poms are red and so on. Explain that when you divide the group in to various parts, you are creating a Fraction of the group. Explain that a fraction is any PART of a group. For example: “There are 3 red pom poms out of a total of 9 pom poms so the fraction is 3/9. or 3 out of 9.” Record their answers on the sheet so that they can refer back to a completed sheet when working on their own caterpillar.
A completed sheet would look like this –
____3_____ out of _____9______ are ___red___ 3/9
____2_____ out of _____9______ are __yellow_ 2/9
___4_____ out of _____9______ are __blue___ 4/9
 To begin, only put out 3 different colored pom poms and allow their caterpillars to be 9 pom poms long. You don’t want a really long, multicolored pom pom caterpillar. Depending on how many caterpillars they construct, add some different colored pom poms and take away some of the already used colors. Change the amount of pom poms they can use.




Engage the Children 

 Have the children work at stations that have a container filled with the 3 different colored pom poms, the recording sheets and construction paper.
 After the children have constructed 1 caterpillar and filled out their recording sheets, gather the children to discuss all of the different ways that they could have used the colored pom poms to construct their caterpillars.
 Have the children construct several caterpillars with various color combination of pom poms.
Additional Extensions
 Group the caterpillars by which child constructed what type of caterpillar. For example, 3 out of the 12 children constructed caterpillars that had 3 red pom poms, 2 yellow pom poms and 4 blue pom poms.




Encourage Vocabulary 

 Fraction – Any part of a group (e.g., "There are 3 red pom poms out of a total of 9 pom poms, so the fraction is 3/9.")
 Total – The complete amount of items counted (e.g., "There are 3 red pom poms out of a total of 9 pom poms, so the fraction is 3/9.")
Glossary of MATH vocabulary 



Make Adaptations 

Supporting Children at Different Levels 
Toddlers 

PreK 
Toddlers may:
 Have difficulty looking at the various groups within a whole.


PreK Children may:
 Easily identify the groups within the whole.

Home child care providers may:
 Start with 2 colored pom poms when constructing the caterpillars. Have them work with two groups within a whole and then add on colors once the concept is solidified.
 Have the children group the 9 pom poms into their colored groups first, identify the groupings within the whole and then glue the pom poms onto the caterpillar.

Home child care providers may:
 Further group the caterpillars by what child constructed what type of caterpillar. For example, 3 out of the 12 children constructed caterpillars that had 3 red pom poms, 2 yellow pom poms and 4 blue pom poms for a fraction of the number of children made caterpillars __caterpillar description_ for a fraction of ______________.





Books 

 Give Me Half by Stuart J Murphy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999)
 The Door Bell Rang by Pat Hutchins (HarperCollins Publishers, 1989)




Music and Movement 





Outdoor Connections 





Web Resources 

