The Avery Bunch – Fractions in Action

In math, we’ve been working with fractions! A fraction can be used to show a part of a whole. For example, we could use a fraction to show how many pieces of the circle are shaded in below.

3 parts out of 4 are shaded in

3 parts out of 4 are shaded in



The circle is split into four equal pieces. The total number of pieces in the whole is called the denominator. That is the number that goes on the bottom of a fraction. Three of the pieces are shaded in. The number of pieces shaded in is called the numerator. That number goes on top of the fraction. When put together, we get the fraction three-fourths.

The numerator goes on top.  The denominator goes on the bottom.

The numerator goes on top. The denominator goes on the bottom.




In order to help us remember important information about fractions, we created a video. Listen for important vocabulary words such as numerator, denominator, whole, and parts of a whole.



If you’d like to view more math videos, you can check out Student Math Movies, a wiki created by Mr. Avery, Mr. Salsich, and Mrs. Yollis. You can find videos created by students about all different math concepts!

*Did this video help you to understand the difference between the numerator and the denominator?*


*Where might you see an example of a fraction outside of school?*

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43 Responses

  1. Jenna K. says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,
    I loved making the video. It was fun. I had to redo mine but I like the second one better. It took awhile to do it though. I was staring at the ceiling for about forty five seconds. I hope we make another video.
    From,
    Jenna

  2. Dear Avery Bunch,
    We thought your song was just like the real Brady Bunch. We had to go to You Tube and watch the original because some students in our class had never heard of it before (This made Mrs. Watson feel old).

    Thank you for sharing what you know about fractions. We learned that the denominator is the number on the bottom and the numerator is the number on the top.

    We’d love to know how you made all the squares. Did the students in your class all know about the Brady Bunch before you made the video?

    Your Quad Blogging Buddies,
    The Watson Bunch :)

    • Jenna K. says:

      Dear Watson Bunch,
      It was from the Brady Bunch. Well, the rythm was. Some people in our class didn’t know what it was either. I thought the video was fun. I didn’t know about the Brady Bunch before Mr. Avery pulled it up on YouTube. The video took a while to do but it was worth it.

      From,
      Jenna in Mr. Avery’s class

    • Natalie S. says:

      Dear Mrs. Watson,
      We had to go on You Tube too. Nobody knew what the Brady Bunch was either. I don’t know about you, but I noticed that the song is very catchy. What are you learning about in class now?

      Sincerely,
      Natalie S.

    • Rebecca A. says:

      Dear Mrs. Watson,
      Mr. Avery had to look up the original video on YouTube too! Mr. Avery had a green screen so he edited us into it. This project helped us learn all about fractions.

      From,
      Rebecca A.

  3. lsanderson says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,
    What a great way to teach people about fractions! You are extremely creative.
    And teachers, don’t feel bad. We did a video to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies theme… and none of our students had ANY idea what that was…
    :) Ms. Sanderson

    • Mr. Avery says:

      Dear Ms. Sanderson,

      Thank you for visiting our blog and leaving such a wonderful comment for us! We are glad you enjoyed our video!

      We had to watch the original opening theme on YouTube so that the students could relate to how it looked and how the song sounded before we started to learn the song! Now, they’ll know the tune anytime they hear it somewhere!

      Sincerely,
      Mr. Avery

  4. J. Hobley says:

    The Avery Bunch video was a pretty clever production on fractions. I recently launched a student-driven blog; your posts and your students’ responses give me all sorts of ideas. Keep up the great work.

  5. Dear Avery Bunch,

    You really made my day! Believe it or not…I used to watch the Brady Bunch when I was a little girl! To see a remake of the opening segment was fabulous!

    What a great idea to use the old t.v. show as a fraction movie…perfect!

    We just started fractions today, so I’ll be sharing it with my class tomorrow!

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis
    California

    • Mr. Avery says:

      Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      We hope your class enjoyed the video! The song is definitely very catchy! We still get it stuck in our head sometimes and it’s been a few weeks since we made it!

      We love making videos. It definitely helps to reinforce what we’ve learned in class. We have quite a few more in store before the end of the year! We’re looking forward to sharing!

      Thanks for being such a great supporter of our blog!

      Sincerely,
      Mr. Avery and class

  6. Miss Jordan says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,

    Wow! I just loved your fractions video! I could not stop smiling as I watched you all sing about fractions. What a great way to learn about Maths!

    I am 28, so I am not old enough to have watched The Brady Bunch when it was originally on TV, but I have seen the re-runs! I used to watch it when I was younger with my sister. I think it might still be replayed sometimes!

    Outside of school, you might see fractions at a pizza shop. For example, if I ever eat pizza, I like to order half Hawaiian and half Aussie pizza, so that is a fraction! Two halves make a whole.

    I will have to remember this video when we learn about fractions in 2KJ and 2KM later in the year!

    Well done again on your fantastic video, you’re all very creative! :)

    Your blogging buddy,
    Miss Jordan

    • Mr. Avery says:

      Dear Miss Jordan,

      Were you smiling as you watched us sing about fractions because of Mr. Avery’s harmonious and beautiful voice? Actually, those words have NEVER been used to describe his singing voice!

      We’ve discussed the Aussie pizza that you’ve talked about before. That’s something that many of us would like to try!

      Thank you for writing in. It’s always great to hear from our friends in Australia!

      Sincerely,
      Mr. Avery and class

      • Miss Jordan says:

        @ Mr Avery,

        Well, we have something in common because my singing voice has never been described as harmonious or beautiful either, haha.

        I am actually making pizza for dinner tonight, although it will be bbq chicken, not Aussie flavoured. I wonder what fraction of the pizza I will eat?

        Always happy commenting on your blog, we enjoy hearing from you too!

        Best wishes,
        Miss Jordan

  7. Mrs Morris says:

    Dear Mr Avery and class,

    Wow! This is a fabulous video! I think this video could win you awards.

    What a fun way to learn about fractions and teach other people about fractions!

    We use fractions all the time. For instance, I just had an afternoon snack. I ate 1/4 of a packet of rice snacks and 1/2 of an apple.

    Everyone in Mr Avery’s class is so lucky to have such a creative and dedicated teacher!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs M☀rris
    2KM
    Leopold
    Australia

    • Mr. Avery says:

      Dear Mrs. Morris,

      I think that afternoon snack of rice snacks and an apple would go well with some homemade yogurt! I wonder what fraction of the yogurt you gave to each student in your class. We’ll have to take a look at your post tomorrow as a class and see if we can figure that out.

      I do have to say, I think it’s quite the other way around though. I think that I’m the one who is lucky to have such creative and dedicated students! They always work so hard and continue to make me proud to be their teacher!

      Your friend,
      Mr. Avery

  8. Justin says:

    Dear Mr. Avery and class,
    I thought that the Avery Bunch was really funny and cool. How did you make all the squares around you? I sure wish we could do that.
    Your quad blogging buddy,
    Justin from Mrs. Watson’s class

    • Natalie S. says:

      Dear Justin,
      The way we got the blue squares in the video is because, we filmed in front of a blue piece of paper.
      We have an awesome classroom! We have a Smart board in our class. We only have two Smart boards in the whole school so we have to share it.

      I have a few questions for you:
      Do you have a Smart board in your school?
      What is your favorite subject in school?
      Have you Skyped anybody besides us?

      Sincerely,
      Natalie S.
      Mr. Avery’s class

  9. Oceana says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,

    Wow! What a great video! It sounds just like the Brady Bunch. If you want to know what my favourite part is, well here it is, the song! When did you make the video? I really like it. I think that I should make a video called the Oceana Bunch to put on my blog. Then you can leave a comment on it!

    Your friend,
    Oceana from Mrs.Watson`s class

  10. Silkence says:

    Dear Avery Bunch, :)

    That was an awesome video. It was so, so, so funny! How did you get those squares around you? My favourite thing on the video that you made was when you started to look up and down and everywhere. But that’s just if I had to choose. I like the whole thing!

    From you new best friend Silkence (in Mr. Watson’s 2/3 class!! :)

  11. Lily says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,

    I love the movie. How did you get the squares to be there? My favourite part is the song:) What is your favourite part? I love your class blog :) :)

    Your blogging buddy,
    Lily in Mrs. Watson`s class

    • Natalie S. says:

      Dear Lily,
      I am going to answer some of your questions. First, my favorite part about the Avery Bunch is when we sing and at the end where Mr. Avery bangs on the table. The song is very creative! Second, we stood in front of a long blue piece of paper. :) I can’t wait until we do another video!

      Sincerely,
      Natalie S. ♥

  12. Mrs. Hembree says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,
    This was such a fun movie to watch and learn about fractions! I remember watching the Brady Bunch when I was younger and this is just like it!
    I think this movie will really help kids remember their fractions!
    We have a movie too, but it’s a lot more serious. One of our students made it. Stop by our blog sometime soon and check it out!
    Feeling Older in Washington,
    Mrs. Hembree

  13. Caroline A says:

    We have been doing fractions as well and it looks like you are doing the same stuff as us!
    You should really visit our blog, http//www.year5rc.edublogs.org.

    Where do you live in America (California, New York, Texas) because my parents are from there.

    Caroline

  14. Millie says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,
    I have been reading about how you have been learning about fractions, we have been learning about fractions also in maths. I have really enjoyed it we have even made our own fraction walls.
    You can visit our class blog at http://year5rc.edublogs.org
    We hope you have fun learning even more about fractions.
    From Millie

  15. Caroline W says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,
    I believe you have been learning about fractions in class and so have my class. I have really enjoyed your video, it is really clever. I love how you have took inspiration from the show ‘The Brady Bunch,’ and how you turned it into a song about fractions! Please visit my class’ blog. I have really enjoyed looking at your really creative blog.

    From,
    Caroline

  16. Mikayla says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,
    My name is Mikayla from Mrs. Ranney’s class. I think your fraction post is outstanding. Did you know that we just started fractions today? I learned in class and in your video that the top number is called the numerator and the bottom number is called the denominator. I also think the name “the Avery Bunch” is very clever. I absolutely love how your class sang a song while you were showing facts about fractions. I hope to see you soon!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mikayla (Mrs. Ranney’s class)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,

    Wow, that was an amazing slide show. It was also very creative. What a great way to learn and teach fractions. If you were in a contest you would of won a sparkling gold metal or maybe a silver one. It would be amazing if you won a gold metal, but you are not in a contest. It was fabulous that you made it into a Brady Bunch song. How did you make all squares around you? I wish we can do that. It was the first and best video I saw on your blog.

    Warmly,
    Gal

    In Mrs. Ranney’s class

  18. Mr. Salsich says:

    Dear Mr. Avery’s Class,

    Wow! What a cool video. I grew up watching reruns of the Brady Bunch (my favorite episode was when they went to Hawaii and Peter got the tiki). You did a fantastic job making it look and sound like the real show!

    This video came just at the right time for us because we are right in the middle of a unit on fractions, and those terms numerator and denominator can be quite tricky. Your video definitely helped!

    I used fractions today when I was making the newest video for our Poetry Madness tournament. I had finished 3 of the four poems in the video, so I was 3/4′s done. Now I am 4/4′s done, so the video is complete! I think I use fractions almost everyday without always realizing it.

    Thanks again for a great post!

    From,
    Mr. Salsich

  19. Olivia O says:

    Can one of your students answer these questions please because it is for homework. Please reply this week.

    What suburb and state do you live in? (suburb and state only)

    Where do you go to school?

    Can you please tell me a little about a typical school day?

    What activities do you like to take part in in your spare time?

    What are some of the foods you eat?

    Do you have any pets? What are they?

    What is your favourite food?

    Thank you!

    Olivia O

    • Natalie S. says:

      Dear Olivia,
      I am going to answer your questions for homework.
      We go to school in Plympton, Dennett Elementary school.
      If you get dropped off from school you have to wait in the lobby. Then, we walk down to class and start learning. We usually use the Smart board.
      In my spare time I do indoor soccer. It stopped like about two or three weeks ago.
      We eat a lot of different food. Some of us eat Italian, Chinese, Seafood, and many more.

      Sincerely,
      Natalie S.

  20. Millie says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,

    I think your blog is very interesting.
    Can you please tell me what it is like on a typical school day?
    Can you participate in any clubs at school such as a choir?

    From,
    Millie

  21. Leah (From Mrs. Ranney's Class) says:

    Dear Mr. Avery and Class,

    Hi! My name is Leah and I am from Mrs. Ranney’s Class.

    I use fractions at home all the time! For example, we baked homemade banana muffins this morning. We used 1/4 cup of applesauce and 3/4 cup of sugar. We also used 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon. We used fractions to find how much of each ingredient we needed. Another example of when I use fractions is when I eat a candy bar. If I have too big of a bar, my mom makes me split it into 1/2 or 1/3 and I only get to eat one portion each day. If I don’t cut the candy bar into exactly equal parts, then I always eat the biggest piece first!

    I have a question to ask:

    Does anyone else use fractions at home, and if so, how do you use them?

    Your New Blogging Buddy,

    Leah (From Mrs. Ranney’s Class)

  22. Nick K. says:

    WOW! Mr. Avery, your students have done a great job with the Avery Bunch. Keep up the good work!

    Nick K.

  23. Miss Powers says:

    Hi Mr. Avery’s Class!

    You all did a great job on your video! How creative! In Kindergarten, we are learning about fractions right now. We are learning the difference between a whole and a half. We have learned that if you cut a whole into two parts, you have cut it in half! We even practiced cutting bananas, bread, crackers, muffins, and cookies in half! We learned that we also see fractions when we order a pizza between the pizza is sliced into “fractions”.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful thinking!

    Hugs,

    Miss Powers and The Friendly Frogs

  24. What a wonderful video and a great way to share your information! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Mrs. Fennemore
    htpp://podfourfennemore.blogspot.com

  25. Denise Krebs says:

    Mr. Avery and Bunch,
    That was so fun and helpful! I will definitely use it when I need to show the numerator and denominator. You did a great job creating the video. Thanks for continuing to share your genius with the world.

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Krebs

  26. Ariel D. says:

    Dear Mr. Avery

    The video was very cool and I could watch it about 100 times and never be bored. It was very helpful. I hope we do more again in the future!

    From,
    Ariel :mrgreen:

  27. Iris says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,

    Could you please explain what software you used to make this video?

    Many thanks,
    Iris

  28. Kylie A. says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,

    That was brilliant! I love that video. It’s so cute and funny. You should do more videos with your new class! 8)

    Sincerely,
    Kylie

  29. Andrew A. says:

    Dear Mr. Avery,

    I really like the post. I love it. I can’t wait to do more videos this year!

    Sincerely,
    Andr :smile: w

    • Mr. Avery says:

      Dear Andrew,

      I really love how you’re using bold! It adds a lot of emphasis to your writing. That’s something we can’t really do with pencil and paper.

      I definitely enjoyed making the Avery Bunch. We’ll have to try to think of another fun video like that that we can do this year!

      Sincerely,
      Mr. Avery

  30. Blog-a-lot says:

    Dear Avery Bunch,
    We thought your video was very nice and educational.
    Some of our students didn’t know about the Brady Bunch.
    You helped us to revise our understanding of the denominator represening how many parts in total.

    And created lots of discussion about what the numerator is.

    We look forward to view your other videos!

    From
    Blog-a-lot
    http://5vjinquiry.blogspot.com.au

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