Equivalent Fraction Dash

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I was looking back through my digital archives, and I found this little equivalent fraction game. My 5th graders used to love this game because, well, you get to run in the classroom. Basically, you divide the class into two teams and hand out the cards equally to the two teams and yourself. You, (the teacher) display a fraction card in a pocket chart. Players from each team check their cards to see if they have a card with an equivalent fraction, and then one player from each team rushes to the front to place their card in the pocket chart. The first player to correctly place their card is the “winner” and gets to leave their card in the pocket chart. Oh yeah, you’re gonna want to clear some space for this one.

Of course, the cards can be used for lots of other activities.

  • Have kids sort the cards into piles of equivalent fractions
  • Take two cards and compare the fractions
  • Choose a fraction card and reduce the fraction to simplest form
  • Select a fraction card and draw a model of the fraction
  • Put a part of the card deck into a center and let the kids play a Memory (Concentration) game with them (be sure you have matching pairs)
I think you get the point!  If you think of some other uses, be sure to leave a comment.
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  1. Jayne

    You have such wonderful math ideas! It makes me do the “Math Happy Dance” when you post! I LOVE math and want my students to love it too. I have left you the Versatile Blogger Award as a thank you for all of the wonderful ideas that you share on your fantastic blog. Please visit mrsrhodesscholars.blogspot.com to accept your award.

    • Donna Boucher

      What a sweet comment! I love the idea of a “Math Happy Dance”!


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