Fraction Games for Third Graders

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Teach third graders fractions by playing relay games that involve matching cards with fractions on them to fractions in other areas of the classroom. Help third graders understand that fractions represent parts of a whole with information from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on math.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about fraction games for third graders. One really fun and engaging activity for teaching fractions is a relay game where the students will match a card, they might have a card where they represent the fraction, it could be a number of objects and then they indicate one of the number. This helps them begin to understand that a fraction can be a group of objects, one part of a group of objects. So, they begin to, they begin by making some illustrations where they indicate a fraction by singling one out of many, and then the teacher will write sprint, run, or jog on the back of the paper. So these will be the yellow papers. Then on clipboards, in an area outside, the teacher will place fractions that will match whatever the kids have already created. So for the matching number to the card I just showed you was one fourth. So these cards will be posted in different areas around the playground. So, students will begin by drawing a card and then they'll have to run at the pace that says on the back, in this case they will have to sprint, to the other stations until they find the matching card. Then they'll take those two cards and place them in their pile, and then continue on taking another card and finding the matching fractions. So, that's a fun way for kids to begin to make the connection between the numerals and what the fractions actually look like, what the representation of the fraction can be.


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