Sunday, July 27, 2014

Equivalent Fractions Fly Swatter

Equivalent Fractions Fly Swatter
by Learning is the Game™


I originally created this game for a friend of mine, Heather Q of My Clever Endeavors, who teachers fifth grade.  She saw my Fly Swatter Dolch Sight Words game and asked if I could make something similar for her with equivalent fractions.  We all know equivalent fractions can be tough for our students.  It can also be difficult to find engaging hands on activities we can use with our students that get them excited about working with equivalent fractions.  So, I was happy to help out.  My friend has found her fifth graders still need plenty of practice with equivalent fractions even though the Common Core State Standards addressed in this game are for third and fourth grade:

                                   CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.A
                                   CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.B
                                   CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.C
                                   CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.1

You will need the following:

-Equivalent Fractions Fly Swatter
-Soft Velcro dots
-Rough Velcro strip
-Flyswatter

How to Assemble:

-Print out the flies double sided (lengthwise) on cardstock and laminate
-Cutout the flies on the dotted line
-Attach soft Velcro dots where the wings connect
-Attach rough Velcro strip to a clean flyswatter



This game is printed double sided so students can self-check.  The self-checking ability is helpful since this game works best in pairs or small groups.  On the front, with the picture of a fly, is a fraction not in lowest terms.  On the back is the equivalent fraction in lowest terms.  For instance, 2/4 on the front and 1/2 on the back. 

How To Play The Game
Choose the fractions you want your students to use.  This activity includes 90 flies with different fractions.  Fractions reduce to the following lowest terms:  1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, and 1/9.  Then, spread them out on a table or the floor.


In pairs or small groups players take turns.  During a turn the player first identifies a single fly and reads the fraction shown.  Then, the player swats the fly with the fly swatter and says the corresponding equivalent fraction in lowest terms.


The player then turns over the fly swatter to reveal the back of the fly to see if he or she was correct. 


If correct, the player removes the fly and places it in his or her pile and the next player goes.  If the player is not correct the fly goes back in play, face up, and the next player continues the game.  The game ends when all of the flies are gone.

This activity is great for small groups, math centers, or when a few students have finished their work early and you need to keep them working on something educational!



If you are interested in this activity you can check out the free preview here!

If you have any questions, or have used something similar leave a comment, I'd love you hear from you!

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