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Equivalent Fractions - Cookie Jar Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 6 pages | Grades: 3 - 5

Review equivalent fractions with this whole-class sorting activity that gets students moving and simplifying!

Getting Hungry in Your Equivalent Fractions Lessons?

Sorry, this game won’t fill your belly. 

But it will fill your students’ brains with the skills for identifying equivalent fractions!

To play as a whole class, display each cookie jar featuring the fractions ½, ⅓, ¼, ⅕, ⅙, and ⅛. Pass out all 24 equivalent fraction cookie cards to your students. As a class, sort the cookies into the correct cookie jars according to their equivalence.

Alternatively, use this math game in your small groups for students to independently practice sorting equivalent fractions. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by referring them to a fractions poster or anchor chart. 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to create additional equivalent fractions for each cookie jar. 

3 Ways to Turn This Activity into More Equivalent Fractions Games 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your fractions lessons in small-group and whole-class settings. Check out these additional suggestions for using this activity to reinforce your lessons: 

🏃 Relay Race

Divide students into two team lines and show a cookie fraction card to the students at the front of each line. The student that produces a correct equivalent fraction (½. ⅓, ¼, ⅕, ⅙, or ⅛) first wins the cookie. The team with the most cookies at the end of the game wins!

📝 Scoot! 

Number and place the cookie fractions around the room in numerical order and instruct students to take a sheet of paper numbered 1–24. Assign students or pairs to a starting point and give time to simplify the fraction, writing the answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

🔔 Bell Ringer Activity

Project a fraction cookie for your students to see as soon as they enter the classroom. On a piece of paper or in their notebooks, have students simplify the fraction. Collect the papers or discuss the answers as a group. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

This resource downloads as a PDF.

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

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