If you find that working with fractions is a lot like
sliding down a slippery slope, then try...
Get a grip on the road to success
with this hands-on game!
Grade Level 3
Don't just sing it, bring it!
4 pieces of different colored construction paper for each pair of
1 fraction die for each pair of students.
On a piece of construction paper write the number 1 and the word
Fold a second piece of paper in half - hamburger way - and write the
fraction 1/2 on each half.
Fold the third piece in half and then in half again, so that you have
Label each section 1/4.
Fold the fourth piece into eight sections and label each section 1/8.
Cut each of the fractional papers into the correct number of parts
- 1/2 into 2 parts, 1/4 into 4 parts, etc.
After all the sections have been cut out, place the WHOLE paper on
the bottom, with the two 1/2 sections on top of it. Next, place the four
1/4 sections on top of the 1/2's and finally the 1/8's on top of the
Prepare a sufficient number of fraction dice so that each pair of
students will have one die between them.
Write fractions on each face of the die. For instance, 4/8, 2/8, 1/2, 2/4,
1/4, and 3/4, might comprise the 6 sides of one die.
Rules for Students:
"Well done is better than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin
1. Students take turns rolling the die.
2. When the die is rolled, the first player subtracts the fraction that is indicated from the top layer of the 1/8 sections, and places the fraction section (s) in a pile off to the side.
The second student now rolls the die. Suppose the roll was 1/2. The
student would remove 2 of the 1/8 sections (1/4 value) and then 1 of the 1/4
sections for a total value of 1/2.
4. The object of the game is to reach the "WHOLE" paper first.
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces. Iím not hungry enough to eat eight."