Bring some ninja-packed fun to simplifying fractions with this all-purpose bundle. With the materials in this set – powerpoints, games, task cards, and printables –, you’ll have everything you need to help you students become masters of fractional relationships.
This set is a bundle of separate products I have available. By purchasing this bundle, you will be getting these materials for more the 25% off the price of the individual products. It's like getting a free set of task cards for the price of the games and the powerpoints!
For a peek at the materials in this set, please download the preview file – it is a zip file that contains a .pdf overview of the materials in this product and a .pps of select slides that will show how the animations in the two ppts work.
The two powerpoints in this set feature ninja guides who will lead your students through the process of simplifying fractions, presenting visual models and vocabulary that will help your students become proficient in their understanding of fractional relationships. Extend your students’ practice (or assess their mastery of fraction concepts) with the games, task cards, and printable in this set. With these resources, your students will grow stronger in their ability to evaluate fractions.
• two instructional powerpoint presentations
• 2 full-page graphic reference sheets
• 5 self-checking riddles
• 32 task cards, answer sheet, and key
• 4 assessment activities and key
• 4 different gameboards/spinners
• teacher directions & student directions for game
• “Thinking Questions” to probe student understanding while playing the games
• recording sheet to accompany games
• equivalent fraction number line reference sheets
There are two powerpoints presentations – Fraction Attack
and Fraction Attack II
. They address slightly different topics and are designed to be shown in order – not in the same class period, but perhaps in consecutive class periods.
The first powerpoint is 14 slides long and uses visual models (both a circle model and a number line model) and equations to help your students see what it looks like when a given fraction (six-tenths, for instance) is simplified or reduced to lowest terms.
The second powerpoint – consisting of twenty-five slides – revisits the concept of simplifying, with a focus on the use of greatest common factor to simplify fractions and mixed numbers. It reviews what factors are and demonstrates how to find the greatest common factor of the numerator and denominator of a particular fraction or mixed number (with proper & improper fractions and mixed numbers presented) as well as how to use the GCF to simplify given numbers. For each concept, there are slides that model the procedure at hand and then slides that are more interactive, allowing students to practice (in their journals or through discussion at their tables) and respond.
To accompany the ppt presentations are two sets of printables – two journal inserts and five self-checking riddles. The journal inserts are full-page reference sheets that students can fold in half and glue inside their journals. These journal inserts will be the perfect reference throughout your instructional unit on simplifying fractions. The five self-checking math riddles (with keys included
) address concepts related to simplifying fractions. The first two riddles correlate with the concepts in the first powerpoint, the second two riddles can be used as a follow-up the second powerpoint, and the fifth riddle is summative, providing practice with simplifying fractions and mixed numbers. Use these as guided practice, homework, pre/post assessment – whatever suits your needs.
Follow-up the ppts with the four different gameboards and spinners – the first two (A & B) focusing on fractions whose simplest forms use the denominators 3 and 4 and the second set (C & D) using fractions whose simplest forms use the denominators 5 and 6. Aid your students as they play these games by providing the equivalent fraction number line resources that match the fractions on their board and spinner – one sheet for thirds and fourths and another for fifths and sixths. These number lines allow students to quickly see which fractions are equivalent. Have your students glue the number line reference sheets in their journals, or enlarge them to poster size, so they can be regularly referred to during your fraction instruction.
While students play, have them use the recording sheet to show the relationship between the fraction spun and the fraction on the board. The recording sheet labels the numerator and denominator of the fractions to reinforce these terms. When the students have finished playing, you can use the recording sheet to assess student mastery of fraction equivalency.
Supplement the games with the set of 32 task cards. The questions on the task cards are varied, exposing your students to different question types and forcing them to think through the questions carefully. The cards use proper and improper fractions, as well as mixed numbers, helping your students better understand that the procedures for simplifying are similar regardless of the type of number being evaluated.
The four assessment activities are the perfect way to evaluate your students’ proficiency with simplifying fractions. You can one or two of them as pre-assessment before your instruction and the others as post-assessment. Alternately, you can give them over the course of your instructional unit as checkpoints of your students’ understanding. In fact, they can serve any purpose that suits your classroom routine or instructional style: homework, guided practice, center work, and more.
Each of the products in this bundle are available separately –
Fraction Attack – simplifying fractions ppt + printables set
Simply Ninjas – equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions games + resources
Ninja Numbers - simplifying fractions task cards + printables set
I hope your students enjoy these resources and build their proficiency with evaluating fractional relationships. – Dennis McDonald