22 enjoyable and free faction video games and actions for teenagers
Fractions can be a challenge when teaching. Because of this, it is important to have a wide range of activities on hand so that children can learn this tricky concept. These faction games are a fun way to practice them in the classroom or at home.
1. Sort sticky notes
Break sticky notes into sections and have the children organize them into anchor diagrams. We especially love using fun shapes like hearts or stars!
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2. Connect fractions to learn and win
Use a Connect Four set to play faction games! The goal is to match not only your colors but also the fractions themselves. For example, you need four quarters in a row, but only three thirds, so strategy is one of them.
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3. Discover the fraction of the day
Fractions are one of those math concepts that we use quite a lot in everyday life. Make them part of your routine by asking a new Group of the Day question every morning.
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4. Get the fun of faction spoons
If you’ve played spoons before, you’ll know the exercise. Combine four of a kind (this time using free printable fraction cards, which you can find at the link below) and you can grab a spoon – and everyone else, too! The loser takes one letter of the word SPOON and the game continues.
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5. Fix them
Comparing fractions is definitely a challenge. This simple, free printable game asks kids to sort a series of four fractions from smallest to largest. You can race to see who can finish first, or just challenge yourself to get the correct answer.
Learn More: Fix Them / Math Geek Mama
6. Fight in a factional war
Your children probably already know how to play war with cards. This version only adds a fraction. Students deal two cards: a numerator and a denominator, and then determine which fraction is the largest. The winner keeps all four cards and play continues until the cards are gone. You can also play with these free printable faction cards.
7. Noodle around with fractions
It’s so easy to do these math manipulations on pool noodle which you can then use for all kinds of faction games. Learn how to make them and get ideas on how to use them here.
8. Build excitement with LEGO faction games
It’s easier (and a lot more fun) to visualize what fractions represent when you use LEGO bricks! Put them next to each other or build towers. No matter how you play, this is a surefire hit.
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9. Try to make cardboard board fractions
Such a fun, colorful way to play with fractions and equivalences! Get the full guide here.
10. Boogie down with newspaper groups
Make the music louder! Start with a full piece of paper as each student’s dance floor, then fold it down in half. Keep folding the paper into smaller and smaller dance floors and watch the children get creative as they try to stay on the paper.
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11. Go to Fraction Avenue
This is such a fun activity! Get the free printable street scene at the link. Then, have the children follow the instructions to add details. For example, 2/8 of the houses have dogs outside. Ask the children to reduce the fraction, then draw the correct number of puppies.
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12. Jump into the Hopscotch factions
It’s heaven and hell – with a fraction of games! Draw a jumping board on the playground (or sketch one with tape on your classroom or hallway floor). Label the squares with fractions instead of whole numbers. Children throw a marker and jump to where it lands, then name the appropriate fractions for that square.
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13. Turn your name into fractions
Who would have thought that there are so many fractions hiding in your own name? Ask students these questions and ask them to find their own fractions as well.
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14. Have a picnic
Provide a variety of food pictures cut out from magazines or printed out from the Internet. Students plan a picnic and choose the food they want to bring. Use a ruler and scissors to cut out portions of your food choices and tape them on a paper plate. Finally, label each element with the faction name. Good Appetite!
Learn more: Fraction Picnic / E is for Explore
15. Try out the faction fun
Kids enjoy things that spin so they will love these free printable faction games. Since the spinners are just pencils and paper clips, each child can have their own while practicing their breaking skills. Get the entire free set of games here.
16. Color your path to faction bingo
There is learning and strategy to playing faction bingo. The children color in parts of the circles to get five in a row based on the fractions the teacher names. The best thing, of course, is to scream “BINGO!”.
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17. Reduce breaks and speed to the finish
Children pull a card (the free cards and boards to print can be found at the link below) and reduce the fraction shown. You then move along the board to the next matching space. First to the end wins!
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18. Use your creativity with Fraction Pictionary
Can you draw a fraction – without using numbers? That is the challenge of this faction game. Children can draw individual objects that are split to represent fractions, or they can be more creative. For example, you could draw three apples and two oranges to represent three fifths.
Learn more: Fraction Pictionary / E is for Explore
19. Get into a fractional fiasco
Once they understand the rules, kids will add fractions and review each other’s work in this free printable game. You can find all the instructions and the game board at the link below.
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20. Count on domino fractions
Dominoes are like finished fractions! Multiply (or add, subtract or divide) them and reduce the results. Turn it into a race to see who – properly – can finish first.
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21. Play with pattern blocks
If you already have pattern blocks on hand, use them in some faction games. In this game, kids spin to find out how many blocks they can add to their board to be the first to build six complete shapes.
Learn more: Pattern Block Fractions / Math Geek Mama
22. Shake it up with number ties
All you need is a plastic cup and two-sided counters. The children shake the cup and pour the counters on the table, then count how many of each color landed face up. For example, if 13 pieces were rolled, six red and seven blue were turned up. Six and seven are both parts of thirteen (the whole). Have students write the number binding and fractions for each color.
Find out more: Number Bond Fractions / E stands for Explore