Proper & Improper Fractions Games

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Oh no, not FRACTIONS! If this is a phrase you hear often, this is the lesson for you. We'll explore several action packed games that can help your students solidify their understanding of proper and improper fractions in a fun and engaging way.

Proper Versus Improper

When you say the word fractions you might hear groans echoing through your classroom. Some students may not even want to give fractions a chance before they declare it all just '~too hard''. Games can make fractions more accessible for students. Many students love to play games. It gives them a feeling of having a free day in class, and they barely even notice that they are learning at the same time. It's a win-win for everyone.

These games are designed to support your students' knowledge and understanding of proper and improper fractions. It is assumed that students will have been exposed to these concepts prior to playing these games. Use the games as fun revision for a test or for quick review later in the year.

Whole Class Action

These games are designed to get your students up and moving. Make sure there is plenty of room for students to run and play.

Hide and Seek

Materials

  • Index cards with proper fractions, improper fractions, whole numbers and mixed numbers printed on the front

Preparation

  • Spread the cards out around the room face down.
  • Semi-hide them by sticking them up from books or places them so they peek out from behind pictures hung on the wall.

Instructions

  • Divide your class into groups of four.
  • Tell the students that each group will need to collect three proper fractions and three improper fractions, and be able to identify which are which.
  • The first group to you with the correct cards wins.
  • You could focus on one type of fraction at a time if it suits your class unit better.

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