Fractions can be a tough math unit to teach to younger grades. It may be even more difficult when students are not as interested in the lesson due to the difficulty of it. Therefore, as teachers, we must find other interesting ways to engage the students with our lessons. In most cases, students won't even realize they are learning! I believe incorporating fractions with food such a pie or pizza (or any type of food that can be divided into fractions) would be a great way to teach younger students.
In this type of lesson, a pizza can be divided up into fractions. For example, if we slice a pizza into 8 parts and give away 2 pieces, what would my fraction be? Once students understand the basic principles of fractions they will be able to answer questions like this one. Asking students if they like certain foods like pizza, cake, or pie at the beginning of the lesson will get their attention. It's not even necessary to introduce the lesson as fractions! After a couple examples the teacher could explain what fractions are and how we can use them in this manner.
This strategy is important because it gives the students something to relate to. The teacher may also reward the class by brining in the foods used in the example for an end-of-unit task. This will also give the students something to look forward to and keep their participation levels up.