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Identifying Fractions – Memory Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 11 pages | Years: 4 - 5

Practise matching improper fractions, mixed numerals, and visual representations with this set of 30 match-up cards.

Practise Matching Improper Fractions and Mixed Numerals With Our Memory-Style Fractions Game!

Are you looking for a fractions game that strengthens your students’ understanding of mixed numbers and improper fractions? This memory-style game will encourage students to find equivalent fractions of different representations. Each match includes:

  • a mixed number
  • an improper fraction
  • a word form
  • a visual representation.

To play, shuffle the cards and place them face down. Players will take turns choosing 2 cards and flipping them over. If the cards represent the same number, the player keeps the cards to the side. The player will have an additional turn if they find a match. If a player draws 2 cards that do not represent the same number, the cards are returned, and it is the next player’s turn.

Through this activity, students will show they can match an improper fraction, mixed number, and visual representation of the same number.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your maths lessons. 

Use this fraction game to enhance learning through guided maths groups or as a tool for whole-class instruction.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need support understanding the concepts by limiting the playing cards to halves, thirds and quarters. Additionally, choose only to use certain card types (improper fraction and visual representation, mixed numeral and word form, etc.).

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For fast finishers, encourage students to draw different visual representations for each mixed number or improper fraction.

🏃 Relay Race

Divide students into two team lines and show a flashcard to the students at the front of each line. The student who produces a correct equivalent fraction in a mixed number or improper fraction first wins the flashcard. The team with the most flashcards at the end of the game wins!

💃 Mirror Game 🕺

This activity works best with small groups because you’ll need enough dry-erase boards and markers for each student. Divide your class into 2 groups seated in 2 lines facing each other. Project a task card and give students a set time to record a fraction that is a mixed number or improper fraction on their board. On your cue, the students turn their boards around so their partner can see their answers. If both students in a pair have the correct answer, they get 2 points. If one has the correct answer, the team gets 1 point.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Print on thick paper for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

This resource was created by Lauren Blankenship, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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