Finding a quarter

Learning focus

Learn how to split objects into quarters and share amounts into four equal groups.

This lesson includes:

  • a learning summary
  • two activities
  • one game

Quiz

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Finding a quarter means finding one of four equal parts.

There are four quarters in one whole.

Example 1:

Layla, Bobbi, Iyla and George want to share a pizza. How could they slice the pizza so they each get an equal piece?

There are four children so they need to cut it into four pieces.

If they cut the pizza like this, they will each get an equal piece, or a quarter.

Example 2:

Now have a look at these four squares. Can you tell which is the odd one out?

Did you get the right answer?

Square A, B and C have been split into four equal parts, so they show quarters.

However, square D is the odd one out, because it has not been divided into equal parts, so it does not show quarters.

Finding a quarter of an amount

You can find a quarter of an amount of objects too.

To find a quarter, you need to count how many objects there are in the whole first.

Then share the total number into four equal groups. A quarter is the number in one group.

Example 3:

Here are some apples. Can you count how many there are in total?

There are 8 apples in total.

To find a quarter, you have to split the 8 apples into 4 equal groups.

By sharing the apples into 4 equal groups, you can see there are 2 in each group.

Therefore, a quarter of 8 is 2.

Top tip

Count the total before you share into four equal groups.

Play

Play the fractions level of Karate Cats Maths. Can you collect a cool new costume for your cats?

Game - Karate Cats Maths

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