Help students understand fractions better with these fun activities and games that encourage social interaction and critical thinking!
Kids can compare fractions: greater than, less than, or equal to. Cut cards out and play like the traditional card game War, but with fractions! Students can easily compare their fractions using the colored fraction bars. The player with the highest fraction gets to keep his card and his opponent’s. Who will collect the most fractions?
Click here: FractionWar for the free printable!
Newspaper Fraction Dancing!
Turn on the music! This math activity comes from Mrs. King Rocks! Kids learn about fractions by folding and dancing on newspaper! Visit Mrs. King’s Music Class to see the activity in action!
Have kids design their own hopscotch board! The only catch, it must consist of fractions!
For a math station, set up a picnic basket of food (images for kids to cut). Students plan a picnic, create food fractions (use a ruler and scissors), glue food fractions on a paper plate, and write the fraction for each item. Kids are not only practicing their fraction skills, but division too!
This activity is from the Oregon Department of Education. Students play Pictionary with fractions! Divide students into teams. One child draws the fraction on the board. His/her teammates try to guess the image as well as the fraction! If their team guesses correctly they get a point. When drawing, children can divide single objects to represent fractions (shown above) and you could also throw in multiple objects. For example, 2/5 dogs. A student could draw 2 dogs and 3 cats
Shake and Number Bond (Creating Fractions)
All you need is a cup with a lid and two-sided counters (a color on one side and a different color on the other). Kids shake the cup and pour the counters on the table. Then, without flipping any of their counters over, they count how many of each color landed face up. For example, 6 red and 7 blue landed face up, with a total of 13 counters. Six and seven are both parts of thirteen (the whole). Not only does this game help with addition skills, but also with fractions. Have kids write the number bond and fractions for each color.
Note: You could also use ten frames with this game. After kids spill their counters on the table, they place the counters on ten frames. Kids see that 13 equals 1 ten and 3 ones, which helps with place value skills!
Get children up and moving with this fun, kinesthetic fraction activity! Children are given a fraction and dance around to music, trying to find its equivalent. Written and visual representations of fractions are used to assess children’s understanding!What you need:
- sticky notes
- paper plates
- permanent marker to write fractions
- visual representations of fractions to glue on plate
Erin Bittman is a second-/third-grade student teacher in a multi-grade classroom at a German Magnet School. She attends the University of Cincinnati. Check out her blog, E is for Explore!