Students often need extra practice with adding fractions, especially when they aren't technically learning about it any more....those fractions pop up in so many situations!
Teaching 6th grade math always seems to come with the need to review much of what students learned about in previous years, like:
Have you found this as well? Do students need to review these things at the grade level you teach?
Just to be sure I wasn't the only one thinking students always need some fraction review, I put a quick poll on Instagram:
So, with the idea of review and practice in mind, I have a quick, easyprep game for you, which you can actually use during your fraction addition unit. OR, you can use it as a center activity to keep reviewing fraction addition during the school year. This game is called "Make One." Students are dealt a hand of fraction cards, which you can access for free below, and their goal during the game is to find as many sets of fraction cards that add together to equal one that they possibly can. Preparing for the Game
As I said, the prep is quick. The PDF with the cards includes 36 fraction cards, which should be good for one group of 34 players; for 5 or more players, you may want to make 2 copies of each page to give you a deck of 72 cards.
To prep for the game:
Playing the Game
1) Deal 5 cards to each player.
2) Put the remaining cards face down in a pile, in the middle of the game area. 3) To begin playing, Player One puts down any combination of cards from their hand that total 1 when added, if they have any combinations. (Players may use as many cards as they’d like to reach 1).
4) Player One may then ask any other player for a specific card that could be used to ‘make one’ when added to a card (or cards) in his/her hand.
5) The game continues with each player taking their turns until a player ‘goes out’ by playing his/her last card, or until the cards in the middle pile are gone. Additional example of how cards can be used: Looking at the set of cards in the picture, we can see this player's hand of cards has 5/10, 1/4, 1/4, 4/8, and 1/20.
Keeping Score
Once a player 'goes out', players tally their scores:
You can access these Make One cards, as well as other fraction activities, by selecting the button below. I hope you can use these cards for some fraction practice and review! To Read Next:
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A Quick Way to Practice Fraction Concepts Any Time of YearI have a quick way for you to review fraction concepts throughout the entire school year! That way is..........use partner cards or grouping cards whenever you’d like to have students work together in random partners or groups. Before we get into the specifics of the grouping cards, let's just touch on grouping strategies for a moment and why I've created more grouping cards for randomized grouping. Grouping Strategies
In the book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl, he talks about the types of grouping strategies teachers might use:
So, rather than strategic grouping or allowing students to selfselect, the author recommends randomized grouping – more specifically, visibly randomized grouping, so students can see that the groups are truly random….not the teacher saying they were random. If you want to read more about grouping ideas, and haven’t already read this one, check it out – Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics. Using Partner Cards or Grouping Cards to Review Fraction Concepts
Ok, on to the actual grouping cards idea.
I know there might be some more 'fun' ways to group students, but I like to throw some content into the grouping process, just to use the grouping time a little more effectively. Why not use it to review concepts? I did this with equivalent expressions a few years back, and it was quite helpful  using the grouping cards gave students additional practice several times during the year. I've got three different sets of partner/grouping cards (which you can access below), to help students review fraction concepts. Reviewing Equivalent Fractions
This set of partner cards has 16 sets of 2 equivalent fractions, to randomly pair students. Just cut them, laminate (or print on card stock), and then hand them out.
Example:
Reviewing Fraction Representations
To review fraction representations, you can use these grouping cards that have fractions shown in four different ways:
Reviewing Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
These grouping cards have one improper fraction (fraction greater than one), and three mixed numbers that are equivalent to it, so students can review the various ways the numbers can be expressed.
For these, I used the same denominators for different sets, so students can’t just look at the denominator (like 4, in the picture) to find their group. Access the Fraction Partner Cards/Grouping Cards
So that’s it!
To sum up  you can use the partner cards/grouping cards ANY time throughout the year to keep bringing fraction concepts back and quickly review them. AND (added bonus)...you can use the cards as a matching activity in centers as well! You can grab these sets of grouping cards for free (along with 5 or 6 other free fraction resources) when you join my email community. Just select the button below! f you’re already part of my community, you can grab these from the free resource library here on the site. You should already have the password for that, but if you can’t find it, send me an email and let me know! To Read Next: 
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