A Quick Way to Practice Fraction Concepts Any Time of Year
I 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.
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 self-select, 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.
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!
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