Mastering how to simplify fractions is a key skill required throughout studying fractions within a unit and in higher grades. However, the 'traditional basic drill worksheets will make your kids lose focus easily, and will make the exercise feel like a chore. But, getting lots of practice with simplifying fractions doesn't have to be a bore! This week, I've compiled some fun games kids can explore to work on this skill. The three games outlined are easily accessed through your web browser for FREE! Check them out below.
Math man (Reducing Fractions)
Simplifying Fractions Soccer
You may also like these simplifying fraction focused math mysteries . . .
If you are looking for a way to get more fun simplifying fraction practice for your kids, you may also like the Math Mystery 'Case of The Shogun's Sword.' Students must simplify fractions to discover important clues that will help them solve who stole the Shogun's Sword. Available in three different versions for you to choose the level of difficulty you would like. The clues are interchangeable between grade levels for easy customization and differentiation.
As teachers we are faced with getting our energy ready for the new year and having awesome activities ready to motivate students. So, I thought it would be fun to do a Happy New Year Giveaway to help kick start the year for one lucky teacher. The winner will receive a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card to go shopping for resources for the the New Year , plus all of the featured resources below will be offered as part of the prize! Read through till the end of this post to find the Rafflecopter to enter this New Year competition.
Kick start the new year with these fun resources that will engage your students returning to school after the holiday break. The winner of the giveaway competition will be offered all of these resources as part of their prize.
New Year Math Mystery: Case of The Millennium Bug
This New Year themed Math Mystery is available in versions for Grades 1- 7 (or choose a level that suits your class best).
Click on your grade button below to learn more.
Math Project: My Winter Wonderland
Winter Math Mystery: Case of The Snowman Army
A terrifying army of Snowmen are heading to Mathhattan! The city is in urgent need of a brilliant math detective to help find and rescue the Ice Queen in order to stop this madness.
Engage your reluctant learners after the holiday break with this unique way to do math. There's an optional video hook to grab their attention and increase motivation to solve the clues to find the Ice Queen. Check out the video hook below:
Available for Grades 1 - 6. Click your grade level below to learn more:
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Looking for some great winter and holiday activities for your students? We have come together to help offer you some fantastic ideas to use! We have STEM, fun math games, puzzling mysteries, sentence practice, winter reading, and more!
Keep reading till the end of this post to find a Rafflecopter Giveaway to win these fabulous resources plus a $50 TPT gift card!
FROM the TPT STORE: Mrs. Hansens Helpfuls
Snow Globe Adventure
Read a great original story about two children who enter into a snow globe adventure! There is a great writing activity that goes along with the story booklet. Create your own snow globe shaped storybook! Different writing templates available.
Who doesn’t love Chris Van Allsburg’s story, Polar Express? This literature unit includes fun activities and an end of the story craft where students build their own story train!
FROM the TPT STORE: Kelly Malloy
Cookies for Santa Game
I love to make math fact practice more fun for my students, because let's face it, the more fun something is, the more likely we are to do it right? One of my favorite ways to practice math facts during the Christmas season is with this Cookies for Santa game!
I put all of the "cookie" pieces in a leftover Christmas cookie tin upside down. The students pull the cards out and attempt to answer the fact. If they get it correct, they get to keep the card. If they get it wrong, it goes back into the tin. If they get the dreaded KABOOM card - they have to put all of their cards back. The winner is the student with the most cards when time is up.
You can play this game with any type of math facts or vocabulary words written on index cards, or you can check out my pre-made math facts ones here.
FROM the TPT STORE: Angie S.
Christmas Activity for Speech Therapy Sentence Building
Forming sentences is very important for young learners. This activity uses real-life pictures for easy recognition of common objects and sight words as sentence starters. It is perfect for early readers. This is also an activity to practice identifying the attributes of what, the number, and the color of a group of items. There are 15 groups of winter and Christmas items. The student will match the corresponding picture to answer the questions - What? How Many?
FROM the TPT STORE: Jewel's School Gems
Christmas Around the World STEM Challenge Bundle
It can often be a struggle to keep kids engaged during this holiday season. However, things can be easier for you with the right activities that promote learning and engagement. My Christmas Around the World STEM Challenge Bundle provides hours of engineering fun while making sure your students learn about the Christmas traditions of various countries in the world. Countries included are Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, and Italy. Students can design and build a surfboard for Santa, a Christmas sock for Papai Noel, a foldable ladder for Baba Nöel, a catapult for throwing presents, and a broomstick for Befana. You and your students will surely enjoy these Christmas STEM challenges. Check it out today!
Math Mystery: Case of The Selfish Elf
Uh oh! Which elf is eating all of the delicious cookies made by Mrs. Claus?
Toy production and elf morale are greatly reduced in Santa’s toy factory this year. Students must help Santa figure out who the selfish elf is by using their math skills to discover important clues. Then, your math detectives will be required to apply critical thinking to eliminate elf suspects and narrow it down to one. This activity is a fun way to incorporate math into your Christmas theme and will engage even some of your most reluctant learners.
This math mystery activity is available in versions for grades 1 – 6. Choose a level that suits you, or ‘clue swap’ across grades to differentiate this activity with your class (clue swapping is only available using the 2nd- 6th grade versions).
Check out the video hook that can be used to introduce this activity HERE along with the individual grade resource links.:
Once upon a Crime ‘Rescue Rudolph’
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