Test prep can be a stressful time for students and teachers. The daunting task of reviewing things that have been taught can be overwhelming at times. Spoons is a student favorite in my room and I have found it to be a very effective and fun way to review math concepts. My students get very excited every time I mention 'SPOONS!"
This product includes a fraction, decimal and percent matching game as well as an equivalent fraction matching game. This game can easily be differentiated by how you group your students and the number of cards you choose to use for each group.
Here is how it works:
(I recommend modeling this game with a few students so that the whole class can watch to see how it works before allowing them to play!)
--Print cards on card stock and laminate for protection. I recommend that if you’re making multiple sets, put each set on different colored paper so it is easy to identify which set missing cards need to go with.
--After cutting the cards out, put students into groups of 3-6. Each group will need one set of cards and a set of spoons. They will need one less spoon than the number of students that are in the group.
(4 students = 3 spoons.)
--Have the student whose birthday is next to deal 4 cards to each player. Players may view their own cards. Spoons will be placed in a circle in the center of the group. See picture for example.
--The goal is to get 3 cards that match. The dealer will take 1 card that they don’t think they need and pass it to the person to the left. That student can either keep it to help with a match or pass it to the next person to the left. This pattern will continue.
--The dealer will pick up a card from the left over card stack and continue the process. As soon as a member of the group has a match of 3 cards, they will quietly pick up a spoon from the middle. All others will grab a spoon as soon as they noticed someone has a match.
--The person who didn’t get a spoon will ask the person with the match to ‘prove it.’ If they can prove it, the person without a spoon gets a ‘S’. If the person with the match is wrong, they get an ‘S’. Continue the game until someone has SPOONS.
If you have any questions on how this game works, I'll be happy to chat!