Do you need a fun way for your students to practice the skill of adding and subtracting fractions or mixed numbers with unlike denominators? Send your students on the Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt, a Halloween-inspired math activity or learning center perfect for the month of October.
Two different sets of recording sheets and game cards included on this file. I prefer to use the first set as an introductory, whole-class activity, and then use the second set as a learning center for the remainder of the season or month.
There are two methods of play; solely dependent upon the amount of time you have available in preparation of this fun activity. One method involves game cards, where one side of a paper card has an addition or subtraction problem, and the other side will have the correct sum or difference. Students play by solving the problems that are face-up on a card, record their answers on a recording sheet, self-check the answer on the back, and if he or she is correct, they get to spin a paper-clip spinner and move along the trail of jack-o-lanterns.
The second method of play eliminates the use of the game cards, thus reducing the overall preparation time. Students use a single die to determine problems to solve on their recording sheets, independently self-check the answer with the corresponding answer key, and if he or she is correct, they get to spin a paper-clip spinner and move along the trail of jack-o-lanterns.
This file contains:
●suggested procedures and management for both methods of play (whole-class and learning center)
●2 Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt game boards… they differ only in background colors.
●2 addition recording sheets with corresponding answer keys for the students to record their answers to the various questions they will solve during the game (and for teachers to have answer documentation)
●2 subtraction recording sheets with corresponding answer keys for the students to record their answers to the various questions they will solve during the game (and for teachers to have answer documentation)
●2 paper-clip spinners
●2 sets of 16 addition question cards and 16 addition answer cards
●2 sets of 16 subtraction question cards and 16 subtraction answer cards
●1 set of blank recording sheets and answer keys
●1 set of 32 blank question cards and 32 blank answer cards
Your students are certain to have a fun time playing this game, all the while sharpening their ability to solve sums and differences of fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.
Additional October Math Skills & Learning Centers:
Adding & Subtracting Decimals
Adding & Subtracting "Like" Fractions
Adding & Subtracting "Unlike" Fractions
Comparing & Ordering Decimals
Fibonacci & Pascal's Pumpkin Patterns
Finding the GCF & LCM
Fraction Computation Bundle
Improper Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Multiply & Divide Decimals
Multiply & Divide Fractions
Multiply & Divide Whole Numbers
Simplifying & Comparing Fractions
Telling Time to the Nearest 5-Minute Interval on a Clock (Holiday Bundle)
World Series Statistics
Understanding Fractions Bundle