Reflection: Joy 2 Games that Compare Fractions with a Little RTI on the Side - Section 2: New Games for Comparing Fractions


I often feel badly for students that are not understanding concepts as quickly as others. I knew today would be tough for a few students and so I was looking for an effective way to solidify their understanding before throwing them into the full force of trying to master the standard. I overheard one student talking about how much fun this was and so I asked her to explain.What was fun about folding paper to learn about comparing?

Her sheer joy just made my day. These students were content to manipulate and fold and discuss what they were learning during almost the entire class period. I did not move them on to the War game, but led them to work on drawing the fractions from the Oh No Fractions ap. instead. I will spiral with them by bringing back the War game just before a quiz to help jog their memory.

All the games today brought joy into their learning because they could see their understanding of comparison right before their eyes and the challenge was good for everyone. I know that three of my students can multiply to find common denominators and compare fractions that way. But, I saw they chose to draw the bars. This tells me that they enjoy that visual model and that in this transition of really training them to think as they master standards, visual models are key to their complete synthesis of the process.

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2 Games that Compare Fractions with a Little RTI on the Side

Unit 6: Fractions 1: Understanding Equivalence in Fractions and Decimals
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT compare fractions using fractional models.

Big Idea: Fraction War and Oh No! Fractions are a fun way to prove which fraction is larger. Students fold paper adding machine paper to reinforce understanding of equivalent fractions.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, Fraction Games, factor pairs
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