This product includes a recording sheet for students to fill in as they play the game, and also an answer key.
To play the game you will need yellow balloons, hula hoops, and fly swatters. I move all the student's desk to the side & try to make my classroom as open as possible. I use 4 hula hoops as the coops. I put one hula hoop in each corner of the classroom & label them with a fraction that matches the recording sheet (1/2, 1/3, 2/5, and 1). I use the yellow balloons as the chickens, and each balloon has a fraction written on it. The students have to look at the fraction and figure out which coop it s equivalent to. For example, if a balloon has the fraction 3/6, the students would put it in the 1/2 coop. If the balloon has the fraction 5/5, they would put it in the 1 whole coop, and so on. They can not touch the balloons with their hands. They use a fly swat to move the balloons to the correct hula hoop. I like to divide my students into teams and put each team into a corner at the start of the game. So, if they are in the corner with the 1/2 hula hoop they are only responsible for finding the balloons that are equivalent to 1/2. Once every team collected all their balloons, I have the students rotate to the next hula hoop & we would play another round. Once every team has rotated through all the hula hoops, the game is over. The students fill out the recording sheet during the rounds as an accountability piece. Once they tell me they have all the chickens corralled, I check their coops. If they are correct I tell them to record it on their sheet. If they have balloons that do not belong, I say "you have ___ (1, 2, etc.) chickens that do not belong." I do not tell them which ones. They have to work together and figure out which one does not belong.