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Math Fraction Games

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can use fraction games in your classroom to help students understand this mathematical concept. Explore a few game ideas, and find out where you can find some more fraction games.

Common Denominator War

Materials:

  • Stacks of index cards with numbers written on them

Instructions:

  • Students play in pairs, each with a stack of cards, much like the card game War.
  • Explain to students that each number represents a denominator.
  • Each student flips over the top card on their deck.
  • The first student to solve for the lowest common denominator of the two cards wins the round and gets to keep the cards.
  • The student who runs out of cards first loses.

Your students could review Study.com's lesson on least common denominators before starting this game.

Greater Than, Lesser Than or Equal

Materials:

  • Playing cards (without face cards)
  • A table or desk

Instructions:

  • Divide your class into two teams.
  • Place two stacks of cards on a table, one on the right and one on the left.
  • One student from each team goes to the table at the same time.
  • Each student flips two cards over from their stack to make a fraction.
  • The first card is the numerator, and the second the denominator.
  • Whichever student correctly identifies their fraction as smaller than, larger than or equal to their opponent's first wins that round, receiving one point for their team.
  • Play until each team member has gone three times.

Before playing this game, students can check out a lesson on comparing fractions. Students can also explore a lesson on improper fractions, as they will likely encounter some.

Online Games

You can also direct your students to websites that offer online games involving fractions. These sites can be accessed in the classroom or at home, depending on how your class is set up. Sites like Math Play and Math Playground have many options to explore.

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