These 14 games have everything you need for teaching fourth grade fractions and decimals for $1 each! There are 2 games for each Common Core standard (4.NF.A.1, 4.NF.A.2, 4.NF.B.3, 4.NF.B.4, 4.NF.C.5, 4.NF.C.6, 4.NF.C.7) covering key concepts such as:
-Fractions on a number line
-Adding and subtracting fractions
-Multiplying fractions times whole numbers
-Working with denominators of 10 and 100
-Adding tenths and hundredths
-Decimals through the hundredths
-Equivalent fractions and decimals
Although the games are perfect for two player math stations, math centers, math tubs, etc., you can engage your students in meaningful problem solving discussions by having them all play the same game at the same time for about 10 minutes per day. This is a math partner game routine I've created and explained thoroughly in the product download (click the "Preview" button to the right to read about it now.) These are the three main benefits to having all kids play the same game at the same time: 1) You can conduct mini-lessons and strategy discussions around shared experiences before and after game play, 2) You can focus on facilitating critical thinking and observing students' problem solving attempts during game play, and 3) Students play the same game for a week, so you have lots of targeted opportunities for reinforcing higher-level thinking skills, identifying and addressing misconceptions, and scaffolding student learning.
There are so many games included in this product that you can play some during math partner game routines, use some as small group lessons or whole class lesson activities, place some in your math centers, and even send some home for students to play with their families! The game cards and resources can double as student manipulatives during math lessons. Each and every one of these versatile games features:
- Integration of higher-level thinking and critical thinking skills (not just rote practice)
- Hands-on activities through which kids actively construct knowledge: no worksheets!
- Options for open-ended game play so that students are not "finished" until time is up
- "Challenge" activities to extend game play and/or differentiate it
- "Math Talk" questions/prompts to encourage students to analyze strategies and reflect orally or in writing about what they're learning
These two player math games were created for (not retro-fitted to) the increased rigor of the CCSS, so they will be challenging for most students. The games are designed to help you model and reinforce the math practices and core content skills that students will need when solving complex, multi-step word problems. Here's what you'll get in the product download:
* 20 pages of info and forms that contain everything you need to get started with math partner games. There are blank partner game lists, tips (with photos!) for how to create/ store/ organize/ distribute/ collect the games, and lots of ideas for how the games can be used for skill-based mini lessons and math journal reflections.
* 14 pages of game instructions: there's one page for each game, featuring the materials needed, directions for game play, a Challenge activity, Math Talk
questions/prompts, the CCSS alignment, and student-friendly "I Can" statements.
* 30 pages of rockstar/music-themed game boards and mats, game cards, spinners, and other colorful and fun materials for game play. Most of the materials are open-ended and can be used in lots of different ways so you have fewer items to print and create. The only additional items you need to provide are page protector sheets, Vis-à-vis or dry erase markers, paperclips to make spinners, and some sort of fraction manipulatives (like fraction bars or strips).
UPDATED: PRINT AND GO! You now get a zip folder with purchase that includes individual PDFs for each game! If you only want to print and use one game at a time, you can easily print just the PDF with that game’s instructions and materials.
NOTE: I have adapted each game concept to meet the level of rigor required at the corresponding grade level, and no two games are exactly alike. However, because is some overlap in the standards between grades 3-5, some of the games and materials in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade fraction products are very similar. Please keep this in mind when considering whether to purchase games for multiple grade levels.
I'm in the process of creating Common Core aligned math partner games for all CCSS domains in grades 1-5. If you'd like to receive an email from TpT when I've added a new grade level or skill/concept to the math partner games product series, click "Follow" at the top of my store page.
See what other teachers are saying!
Can't wait to use these games once we get to Fractions. I bought your geometry pack already and am looking into your other 4th grade packs. These will be great for my math workshop as well as just spiraling partner activities. Thanks so much! - Rachel D.
This is an amazing resource! I love the games. They cover so many important skills. But I really appreciate all of the detailed planning advice. Thank you so much for explaining all the little nuances that would probably not have crossed my mind until it was too late. Excellent activity! - Anonymous Buyer
This is terrific! I really like all of your information at the beginning for how you use these games for instructional purposes with the gradual release model. Thanks! - Jania D.
Love these materials! The age-appropriate graphics work great for my students in SpEd. Thanks for all your hard work! - Anonymous Buyer
This is such a great resource! These fraction games are very useful to practice and review fraction skills and a meaningful filler activity when you have an extra ten minutes. - Michelle E.
My students love the games. They don't even realize how much they are learning and cementing concepts. They think they are just having fun! Great for math workshop time. - Janette T.
I am using this resource for my students who are on IEPs. This coordinates well with what their classroom teachers are doing in class while they are out with me. Thanks so much! - Pat T.
The game sets are easy to put together and no-nonsense. The students have enjoyed playing the games, and they play even during "indoor" recesses. That makes the recess duty teachers happy, too! - Anonymous Buyer
Your games are excellent resources for the classroom. We have been practicing with numbers and operations and can't wait to break out the fractions. I've also shown my principal several of your resources, and she seems impressed enough to purchase some licenses for other teachers in our school. Thanks for the detail and effort you put into all your work. - Gerladine K.
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