This article will introduce an equivalent fraction game for your youngsters. It is an important part of any fraction unit.
When students understand this concept it can help them compare fractions and even order them.
This concept show fraction sense….oh and it can also help students simplify!!! What is it? Equivalent Fractions! And like most concepts, there are numerous ways to teach it.
Fraction Game for Your Youngsters to Learn Equivalent Fraction
Our children will be able to learn equivalent fractions very easily and interactively with the help of this game. This approach is quite successful. This method should assist your young champ in learning basic math operations and laying a solid calculating foundation.
Some methods are given below to teach equivalent fractions to your kiddos easily.
Using a visual model to teach equivalent fractions is essential. Though there are many ways to do this, I love pulling out the pattern blocks. You can find an equivalent fraction to 1/2 in a matter of minutes.
- First, have the children put down two hexagons.
- Next, have the children put a trapezoid on each hexagon to represent 1/2.
- Finally, have them fill up one trapezoid with triangles.
Now the students can see that 1/2 can also be 3/6.
(If they struggle to figure out the denominator, you can have the students fill the whole hexagons with triangles.) You can get more ideas for using pattern blocks to work on equivalent fractions here, or model fractions using food!
Number lines are a great way to help children visualize equivalent fractions. When you create one number line and then place another directly underneath children can find equivalent fractions.
In this example, children can easily see that 1/2 is equal to 2/4! Get a number line for equivalent fractions here.
The “traditional” way of teaching fractions is through an equation, and it is still important to teach this while you teach students through number lines and models.
We all know that 1/2 x 2/2 = 2/4, but children need to teach this equation too!
Prep – Work For Equivalent Fraction Game
- First, print off the game board on card stock paper
- Next, print the game cards.
- Now, cut out the game cards
- Finally, gather up game pieces, a whiteboard, small balls or marbles, dry-erase marker
How to Play Equivalent Fraction Game
The game is very simple to play, with two levels. The first board is filled with easy fraction models such as 1/2, 1/3, 3/4, etc.
The next board has fractions that are a little harder like 3/8 and 4/5. Players will draw a fraction and then have to find the equivalent fraction model on the board.
I suggest that you have them prove that the fractions are equivalent by having them show a number line, visual model, or equation on their whiteboard.
Now, for exact directions on how to play…
- Distribute the small balls or marbles between the two players first.
- Player one draws a game card. If it is a picture, they move the balls to that picture on the board even if it is moving backward. If it is a fraction the students must find an equivalent fraction for it on the game board and move their game piece to that spot.
- It is then the player two’s turn, and they follow the same procedures!
- Players take turns until they have an equivalent fraction that is not in front of their game piece. They then move to the END space!
Download Free Printable PDF
Download the following PDF and play with your kiddo with joy.equivalent-fraction-game
Children enjoy practicing and reviewing math concepts with games. I hope they enjoy practicing their equivalent fractions with this one.
If you have any kind of questions or suggestions, feel free to write them down in the comment box.
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