Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fractions: Spin to Win Game

It is important that students develop numerical sense in fractions.  One excellent activity is sorting fractions as close to 0, close to 1/2, close to 1.  This activity forces students to think about fractions in a whole different way and enriches student understanding.

The Spin to Win Game was developed to provide fun practice in this skill.  Students play in pairs. Each student draws a card from the fraction deck. One student spins the spinner. If the spinner lands on "closer to 0" then the student whose fraction is closer to 0 wins both cards. The same holds true for "closer to 1/2" or "closer to 0." If the students turn over equivalent fractions, they pick another card and spin to win all 4 cards. 


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