Once again when teaching in maths, I love working with concrete materials!!! They allow students to work hands-on with their learning and grasp a concept more easily than just trying to understand it on paper.
To begin our unit on fractions, I had students do an investigation with Smarties. Geeze, they were excited about that!
Students were placed into groups and given a package of Smarties. They then had to find the fractions of each colour in the box.
For example: The fraction of red Smarties in the box is 5/40.