Today I have a little freebie for the older kiddos. This is a simple dice game for practicing adding fractions with like denominators and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.
Now, hopefully you recognize that this game is very abstract. It is not a good game for introducing the concept of converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. It is a great game for practicing the concept once the kiddos understand it.
If you've read my posts about fractions before, you know it's all about candy bars. In explaining improper fractions, we use a candy bar that is scored to easily break apart, like a Hershey milk chocolate bar. If I ate 6/4, it means each candy bar had 4 pieces, and I ate 6 pieces. So I ate more than a whole candy bar. That's an essential understanding--anytime the numerator is bigger than the denominator, I ate more than a whole candy bar.
The next step is having kiddos draw models of improper fractions. Again, if they are thinking in terms of candy bars, it is oh so easy. For 6/4, their model would look like the one below. They know that each candy bar has 4 parts, so they draw the first candy bar. They shade all 4 pieces in that candy bar, because they ate them all. They know they kept eating, so they draw another candy bar. They shade 2 of those pieces, because now the model shows they ate 6 pieces. They can easily look at the model and see that they ate 1 2/4 or 1 1/2 candy bars. Magic!
How do these short little "I'll share a freebie" posts get so long? Ha ha. Anyway, here's the freebie! Enjoy!