Equivalent fractions is all about self-discovery. After the kids have seen enough models of fractions, they really notice the equivalence of some of them on their own. This leads us to a discussion about why the fractions are equivalent - because they represent the same amount, they're just broken into differently-sized pieces. After drawing enough examples on their own, the kids realize there is a multiplication/division relationship as well. This saves them the time of drawing the pictures!
I'm a wife, mother of two, and 4th grade teacher who is totally in love with her job! I teach math and science to roughly 40 kids a year. I've tried to model my classroom after this quote by Elliot Eisner - "When the joy is in the journey, the journey will be pursued." I feel very fortunate to work in an amazing school district, where it is commonplace to push students to their full potential and settle for nothing less. I truly feel blessed!!