Using our fraction kits, we played a game (from Marilyn Burns) called Cover-up. To play, everyone needs their fraction kit and you need a dice with these written on each side (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/8, 1/16, 1/16). I switched out a 1/16 for 3/16 and one of the 1/8 for 3/8.
To play, everyone starts with their whole strip, uncovered. And as I roll the dice, they cover up the whole strip with the appropriate fraction strip. We play until we have covered it up. Lots of discussion here. For example, I might ask we have 1/2 covered, what do we need to cover it completely? How many 1/8s does it take to cover? What is the quickest way to cover? Which way will take the longest? Plus it’s easy to see how everyone is doing as I can walk around and can quickly tell by the colors. It’s a great warm-up activity. I usually play about 3-4 rounds to start math class.
I play it whole group non-competitive style first. And then students can partner up and play (one of the math stations) and each take turns rolling the dice and putting on the appropriate fraction strip and the first one to cover wins.
After our whole lesson (Cover Up game), I have four stations:
1. Fraction Match (from yesterday)
2. Cover Up Game
3. New Station – Fraction Riddles
This is a series of task cards that students work on with a small group, partners, or individually. Each card (progressing to more difficult) asks a riddle, such as create a rectangle/array that is 1/2 red, 1/4 yellow and 1/4 blue.
4. New Station – Fraction Shapes
Using the geometric shapes, students make sets of fractions. Below is an example of all 1/4s.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! – Evil Math Wizard