# Reinforce Knowledge of Equivalent Fractions with a Card Game

Incorporating games into your teaching routine can be an effective way to get student to practice learned skills.

## Needed Materials

Index cards with one fraction written on each card. Each students will need 6 cards.

## Preparation

- Prepare the students by introducing equivalent fractions.
- Create the cards by writing equivalent fractions on the index cards. Write one fraction on each index card in the form of numerator/ denominator.
- Make sure that each card has an equivalent matching card to make a pair. There can be more than 2 cards that match, but be sure that you have an even number to make pairs.

## Student Instructions

- Each student will receive 6 cards at his/her desk.
- Each student should check his/her cards for "equivalent pairs."
- If a student has 3 cards that are equivalent to each other, (s)he must choose two to make a pair.
- If a student has 4 fractions that are equivalent, (s)he must make two pairs.
- At a prompt from the teacher, the students will get up from their seats and begin searching for pairs by trading cards. Set a specific time for each trading session in which students offer one or more cards to trade with another student.
- The trading must be done on an equal basis (i.e. two cards must be traded for two cards).
- When a student has 3 pairs of equivalent fractions, (s)he sits down, and the teacher checks the cards.
- If a seated student is correct, (s)he is done. If (s)he is not correct the student is instructed to continue the game.
- After a specific amount of time indicated by the teacher, those students who do not have 3 pairs will turn in the cards that do not match, and the entire class will figure out the remaining matches.
- All cards are then turned in, and the game can be played again.

## Assessment

The teacher will assess each student by checking the pairs of equivalent fractions that (s)he has created.

## Extensions

- Cards can be made to compare equivalent decimal numbers, as well as fractions and their equivalent decimal numbers.
- Use musical notes (whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes) to explain fractions.
- Ancient History- The ancient Eqyptians invented fractions.