Today I was searching for a game I used in the past, and couldn’t find all of the parts in one place. So I decided to blog about it and pull the resources together for you so that you wouldn’t have to look as hard as I did. The game is called Fraction Tracks and it is a super fun game that helps students recognize equivalent fractions using a number line model. I hope you enjoy this game as much as I do. Any time I have played Fraction Tracks with kids or adults, it has always been a hit!
What you will need:
Game Board and Instructions
- A simple number line model that can be found at mathspecialists.org or you can use the game board located on the Henrico site. I prefer the Henrico version because the site includes two game boards for part one which can be helpful for students that are not as familiar with a number line model for fractions.
- The Math Coach’s Corner has a free download of fraction cards that you could use for this game. Just make sure you remove the wild card and any card involving ninths and twelfths.
- You can use any marker you want, but I used Monopoly pieces. You will need 7 of them.
- This tool is extremely helpful for kids just learning about equivalent fractions. They can visualize fractions that represent the same part of a whole using length.
Expectations for Students
- This NCTM site includes a description of the math involved in the game along with some helpful advice for teachers, tutors, or parents that will be introducing the game to a child.
- This site includes sample student dialogue while playing the game.
If you would rather play the game online, try out the one person version on Illuminations. You can also play the two person version at the NCTM website. Did you find this post helpful? Sign up for our monthly newsletter so that you don’t miss a post!
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