ALEX: New Lesson Plan: GILLEY



Continuing the discussion from EDM510 Summer 2016 Project Check-In:

I am working on submitting a lesson plan to ALEX. The lesson plan includes making a designing a pizza with toppings representing fractions. They will explain how they did it using a powerpoint. They have to work in groups to complete the project.

I have actually submitted it and am waiting to here back from ALEX.

Google Docs This lesson provided by:


Rachel Gilley


Alabama Department of Education


Alabama Department of Education

Lesson Plan ID:



Pizza Fraction Project


Students will work in groups to design a pizza project. They will use different pizza toppings to model different fractions. The students include a key that explains their fractions and they will work together to come up with word problems. They will complete a Powerpoint explaining how they completed the powerpoint

Content Standard(s):

Local/National Standards:


Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction nxa/nxb by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. [4-NF1]


Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will participate in a hands-on-lesson where they will understand and be able to write equivalent forms of fractions. The students will learn and apply the concept of using fractions in everyday life.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Technology: Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate

Approximate Duration of the Lesson:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Equipment:

Pizza box, Construction Paper, computer, directions

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers and Powerpoint



Pizza Fraction Procedures

  1. The bottom part of your pizza box should include either a pizza drawn or made out of different pieces of paper to represent a pizza and the different toppings.

  2. Divide the pizza into equal slices using at least 8 pieces (but can be more)

  3. Make pizza toppings to represent at least 5 different fractions using different toppings for your pizza. (For example, 8/8 of the pizza is cheese, 1⁄2 is sausage, 2/4 has onions,…)

  4. The inside top of your pizza box include a key that represents each of fractions of your pizza and the toppings that are included in those fractions

  5. Next to each of the 5 different fractions, you must write on the key list 2 equivalent fractions to that one

  6. Include 2 word problems using the fractions of your pizza for others to solve. (do not put the answers on the inside. The answers can be written on the outside bottom)

  7. Using Powerpoint, explain what you did to complete the project. Make sure to include pictures!

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Assessment Strategies:

Powerpoint Presentation




Play Fraction Game: Who Wants Pizza Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material


Time Demands



Using Groups and Peers

Assisting the Reluctant Starter

Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior

Be sure to check the student’s IEP for specific accommodations.

Variations Submitted by ALEX Users:


Sure! Hopefully they will approve it before projects are due (though it’s summer, so who knows?) and you can post the URL as part of your project. If not, yes, you’ll need to post it here so that we can see what you did.


You need to submit a PDF of your lesson plan since it is not yet been approved by ALEX. Your submission here should include the #edm510-final-project tag and you should include links to the lesson plan on ALEX (it should work for you now, but won’t work for others until it’s been approved).