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Learning through games rocks, and I’m finding that this is how my four year old learns the best. It amazes me what he can do in a game, that he “can’t” do when it isn’t a game. This game is a little hard for my little ones, but may help those reluctant math learners in upper elementary games.
This is a great game for practicing equivalent fractions, but not necessarily for teaching them. Before playing this game, I would make sure your little kiddos have a basic understanding of equivalent fractions, and how to find equivalent fractions. Then pull out this game, clip cards, or even pattern blocks to practice. Everyone needs to practice math, but few enjoy sitting and doing a worksheet. Why not allow them to play games as their practice?
When I was a classroom teacher, I taught math in small groups. One center was a game center. You have to set the ground rules from day one, enforce them throughout the year, but if that is done you will find that your children are loving math and learning. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have a parent volunteer come in and man the center once a week. I could sometimes get an AP or Principal to come in and challenge the kiddos, and I would always volunteer for student teachers. Putting them in the game center was a great way to help the children stay on task and learn, and also allow the student teacher to get some easy teach time in.
With all that said, here is how this game is played.
First print off the cards on card stock, and cut them out.
Next, gather two to three students. Find the dominoe that has 1/2 written on both sides and place it in the middle. Then allow each child to draw five dominoes from the pile. Leave the remaining dominoes in a pile for later use.
Decide who will begin the game, and have that player put down a dominoe that has 1/2 on one part of the dominoe. If they do not have a dominoe that has 1/2 on it they have to draw from the pile until they acquire one.
Each player takes a turn and may place any dominoe down that has an equivalent fraction for any end piece. Again, if they do not have a fraction that is equivalent to an end piece they must draw from the pile. When the pile is gone, the player just loses their turn.
If a player has a piece that has equivalent fractions on both sides, this dominoe is turned. Now players may add equivalent fractions to all four sides.
The game ends when a player runs out of dominoes, or no one else can play a dominoe. If the later happens you can handle it in two ways. The winner is the person with the least amount of dominoes, or have children add up the fractions in their hand. Whoever’s total is the smallest is the winner.
Want to make it a competition (great for the end of the school year)? Have the children play several rounds, and record the total sum of fractions that they have at the end of each game. Add up those totals after 5 rounds. The student with the lowest sum is the champion!!! Doing it this way you get in practicing addition and fraction comparison!!!
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