King of the class game is designed to help students understand and master reducing fractions to lowest terms. The King of the Class games are designed for two students per game board. This game can be used as a center activity or a class activity. Each game board has the same lowest terms fractions on them but rearranged the lowest terms fraction
How to play as a classroom activity
Students will pair up. The teacher will designate the amount of time for each round (5 Minutes work in my room). Students will take turns drawing question cards. That student will read the question while the other player uses a piece of paper to reduce the fraction to lowest terms, find the answer on the game board and put his color chip on the correct space. If the student is wrong, the other student will show his competitor the question card with the answer and the color chip comes off the board. Right or wrong the question card goes back into the basket with the other question card. The players will change rolls and repeat the processes over until designated time as elapsed. If a player choose a question card that has already been played or the lowest term fraction is already marked the player bumps off the other chip and puts his or her chip in it place. The Player with the most of his color chips on the board wins. I have the winning students put a check by their name on a name chart. When all winning students have placed a check by their name all students pair up with someone else and the process starts all over again. I play about 3 to 4 rounds in one class period. This is a great activity for evaluation, common core, and RTI activity. After my student have done this activity two or three times most of them do not need a piece of paper to solve for the answer.
Each lowest term fraction on the game board has four question cards that have a different fraction that equals the lowest term fraction. Example 1/7 has a four question cards with one of the four of these fractions, 2/14 3/21 4/28 and 5/35. This way the student can understand that each of these fractions are equivalent and that multiple fractions can be reduced to that same lowest term fraction.
This is a great activity my students enjoy playing and having bragging rights as the king of the classroom. They learn the skill quickly with very little teaching time. Look for other king of the class activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts