Fractions are an incredibly abstract concept and are often a real stumbling block for students. We have to be super careful to help students develop “fraction sense,” which is a specific type of number sense. We do that by using a variety of manipulatives to help students visualize the meaning of fractions.
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I’ve got a cute little set of fraction cards for you today. Here are some ideas for their use:
- FRACTION WAR Divide the cards between the players. Each player turns over a card. Players use the fraction strip chart or manipulatives to determine the largest fraction. The player with the largest fraction takes all the cards. If the fractions are equivalent, the cards stay on the table until the next round. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
- EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS MEMORY Pull out 6 pair of equivalent fractions (12 cards total). Players arrange the cards in a 3 x 4 array. On a turn, a player turns over two cards. If the fractions are equivalent, the player keeps the cards. If they are not equivalent, the player turns them back face down. The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins. Use the fraction strips chart or manipulatives for support.
- 0, 1/2, 1 SORT Having benchmarks of 0, 1/2, and 1 is an important understanding for fractions. For example, is 4/5 closer to 0, 1/2, or 1? For this activity, students will choose a card and use manipulatives, number lines, or the fraction strip chart to determine if the fraction is closer to 0, 1/2, or 1.
- SIMPLIFY IT Students choose a card and reduce the fraction to simplest form. This can be done pictorially using the fraction strips chart.
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If you’re looking for workstation activities for teaching fractions, be sure to take a peek at my fraction resources.