Adding Mixed Numbers Activities & Games

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students to add mixed numbers will be very helpful as they gain a deeper understanding of fractions. This lesson offers games and activities that help with learning about adding mixed numbers.

The Importance of Adding Mixed Numbers

Are you trying to teach your students a unit on fractions and proportional reasoning? As part of this, you will undoubtedly devote some time to helping them understand fractions greater than one whole, often represented as mixed numbers. When students know how to add mixed numbers, they are better equipped to work with fractions in real-world scenarios.

To teach students how to add mixed numbers, you need to give them plenty of practice and will want to keep the practice as fun as possible. This means incorporating some games and activities into your teaching!

The games and activities in this lesson will help you access a variety of your students' learning styles and strengths while teaching them more about addition with mixed numbers.

Games for Adding Mixed Numbers

Here, you will find some fun and collaborative games that involve adding mixed numbers.

Spin It, Roll It, Add It!

Sometimes, students love putting together a few different game elements as a way to practice math. Have your students help you get ready for this game by labeling spinners and dice with a variety of mixed numbers.

To play, break students into partnerships and give each pair one spinner and one die. The first player spins the spinner, rolls the die, and adds the two mixed numbers that show up! The second player assesses whether her partner is correct before taking her own turn. Let players continue until they have each had at least five turns.

Get to 10 or Get to 100

This game will vary depending on how advanced your students are.

Break them into partnerships to play. Give each pair two dice labeled with mixed numbers; more advanced mathematicians can play with three, four, or even five dice. The first player rolls the dice and calculates the sum. He should do the calculation twice to ensure accuracy. Then, the second player takes a turn.

The goal is to get to 10 or 100 first, depending on the mathematical level of your students. The first player to get close to 10 or 100 without going over is the winner of the round.

Activities for Adding Mixed Numbers

This section offers a few more activities that appeal to different strengths as students work on their mixed number addition.

Step by Step Guide

Often, the best way for students to solidify their understanding of a mathematical concept is to try to explain it to someone else! This can be an independent activity or one that students undertake in pairs or small groups.

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