This was a fun and amazingly successful fraction activity! First I handed out a stack of 2"x 11"bright colored paper strips. Then I had them write "1 Whole" on the first strip and place it at the top of their desk. I had them take the second strip and fold it in half, cut on the fold, and write "1/2" on each section and place it under the "1 Whole" strip. We continued in this manner with 1/4 and 1/8. I then asked them about what they noticed about the numbers in the denominator (They get bigger when the sections are smaller because they have more parts, etc.). I asked them where 1/3 would be inserted then we folded and cut a strip into 1/3 and placed it between the 1/4 and 1/2. We finished by gluing the strips in order on a black paper.
Placing the cut sections on the desk.
The Finished Product