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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


No materials or preparation needed for this game.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account