Looking for a quick and easy game that students can play that helps to develop fraction identification and comparison? The "Roll a Fraction" freebie is just the right activity for you! This freebie is a sample from one of my newest series I will be releasing called "Math Games in a Snap."
This packet can be differentiated to the following levels:
> A die with numbers to 4
> A die with numbers to 6
> A die with numbers to 8
> A die with numbers to 9 (includes 0)
> A die with numbers to 12
I purchased a bag of these types of die from Amazon. They are called “Random Polyhedral Dice in Multiple Colors.”
How do you play?
Print off and photocopy the recording sheet. Students can also create their own template using a blank piece of paper. Essentially students need to play with a partner. Each partner will work on a side of the page. Each side of the page has a standard fraction notation created, but it is blank. There are also two discarded number spots. Students take turns rolling a die. They need to decide whether they want to use the number for their fraction, or discard it. If they use it for their fraction, they can either use it for their numerator or denominator. Once they make a decision, they cannot change the placement of the number rolled. The person with the largest, or greatest fraction, wins.
There are fraction circle templates that students can use if they are not sure who would win. I always remind students that having the largest denominator does not mean that they have the largest fraction.
How do you introduce the game?
To introduce the game, I, the teacher, will play with a chosen student using a document camera. I would roll the die first and identify whether I want to use it in my fraction, or discard it. I will make it clear to students that they cannot change the placement of their number once the other person has rolled after me. My partner then rolls, and does the same thing. We continue to roll until all spots are filled up. I would then ask students to identify who has won and why.
At a quick glance, this packet helps students:
> Think about the fractions that can be made in the greatest form (e.g., having a denominator of 2 and having a larger numerator is greater than having a smaller numerator and a larger denominator).
> Work with proper fractions (e.g., 1/2, 3/4, and so on).
> Work with improper fractions and mixed numbers.
I have a question about this packet…where can I reach you?
If you have any questions about this activity packet, please feel free to let me know. I truly appreciate you downloading this freebie. You can leave me a question on my TeachersPayTeachers page, or you can send me an email at email@example.com.