Mathematics | Number
Pizza slices is a collection of images of pizzas that can be printed, cut, laminated and used for a variety of activities to develop mathematical thinking and understanding of number.
Depending on where your children are with their understanding of number, there are many different types of questions that could be asked using the images ; for example:
- If I cut a pizza into four slices. How many slices would I have?
- How many children could have a piece each?
- How many slices would we have if we cut each of two pizzas into four slices?
- What about if we cut them into eight slices?
- How many pizzas would we need for each child in our class to have one slice each? Would we have any slices left over? (Note: Ask the children for ideas on how to work this out. )
Introduce the terms half, quarter and eights:
When the pizza is cut into two equal pieces, Paige and Andy can have half each.
If they offer Olivia and Jay some of their pizza, they can cut it into four equal pieces. They can all have a fourth or a quarter each.
If four more of their friends come along, they can cut the pizza into eight equal pieces and have one eighth of the pizza each.
Which pieces are bigger – when you cut it into two, or four or eight? (halves, quarters or eighths?)
A fraction chart showing pizza halves, quarters and eighths is included in the resource.
- If a pizza is cut into 8 pieces, how many pieces each can two children have? Are there any left over?
- If a pizza is cut into 8 pieces, how many pieces each can three children have? Are there any left over?
- If a pizza is cut into 8 pieces, how many pieces each can four children have? Are there any left over?
Note: This resource is also included with the interactive digital resource What’s on your pizza?