We used our equivalent fraction cards to play "Go Fish! (They are also great for fraction war!)
These cards are sets of equivalent fractions, so when they play, students need to determine whether they have the fraction equivalent to the fraction students are "fishing" for. For example, if a student asks for a particular fraction, like 4/6, the other students have to determine whether any of their cards are equivalent to 4/6.
The students had a great time and did a good job. In the first class, I didn't require that students write down the lowest terms of the fractions in their hands, so it took some of them a little longer to re-reduce their fractions when another person asked for a certain fraction. These students commented that the game really made them think and that it was good when someone made a mistake, because they were able to recognize that a mistake had been made! Good thinkers!
I had later classes reduce their fractions and record that on notebook paper, and it definitely helped them to play the game more smoothly.
We did alter the Go Fish rules a bit: each student started with 7 cards, and students continued to play until all the cards had been used, rather than ending when someone was out of cards.
Overall, successful game!
What are your favorite math games?
Hi, I'm Ellie! I've been in education for 25 years, teaching all subject areas at both the elementary and middle school levels.