Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Equivalent Fractions Missing Numerator Board Game

My 9-year-old son is a whiz at math facts. He's had them all down since before he started fourth grade. But fractions can be tough. I wanted to test his multiplication fact skills by playing a game to make equivalent fractions.


The game I made is simple. (Those always seem to be the most fun.)

You can download the 5-page PDF for free from Google Drive here. I printed two sets of cards. We used two LEGO minifigures as game pieces.

Players advance around the game board by finding the missing numerator on playing cards printed with equivalent fraction equations.


The missing numerator is the number of spaces the player moves.


If they STOP (i.e. the last space in their count) on a space with GO BACK instructions, they must move toward the start the number of spaces noted. 

If a player STOPs on a space that has the back-end of an arrow, they can follow the arrow and skip spaces on the board.


The first player to make it to the finish wins.

Monday, March 30, 2015

After School Linky (3-30)

Welcome to the party!


The weather is beginning to change. Isn't it glorious?

Here are some great ideas from last week's party.
 How to Make Light-Up Bugs at Mama Smiles

 Alphabet Egg Matching Game at Modern Preschool


 Egg Carton Flower Garden at Joyfully Weary


The After School Linky is cohosted by
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We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks!




Friday, March 27, 2015

Butterfly Garden (a Comparing Fractions Game)


Fractions seem to be tough for kids to conquer. To help our 9-year-old son compare fractions with different denominators to see which was bigger, I wanted to teach him a quick and easy shortcut. 

Of course, learning is always more fun when you have the chance to go toe-to-toe with your mom and try to beat her. To facilitate that opportunity, I made the Butterfly Garden Fractions Game.


This game uses the cross multiplying method (or butterfly trick) to determine which fraction is greater than the other. If you're not familiar with this method, watch this YouTube video.



What You'll Need to Play Butterfly Garden
2-page PDF (game board and score card)
Paper
Lamination or a plastic sheet protector
fine-tip dry-erase marker
die
Writing tool or butterfly stamp for keeping score


Click on the picture above to download a 2-page PDF free from Google Drive. Once you've printed both the game board and score card, place the game board inside a plastic sheet protector or laminate it. Now you're ready to play.

How to Play
The first player will roll the die twice. The larger number that is rolled will be the DENOMINATOR. The smaller number will be the NUMERATOR.

Record the fraction on the butterfly game card on the correct side of the butterfly's wing.

Once the opponent has done the same, compare the fractions using the butterfly method.


Whoever has the bigger fraction wins the round and can indicate that on the scorecard; we used a rubber stamp of a butterfly.

The player with the most markings or “butterflies” on the scorecard after eight rounds of play wins!


And in case you're wondering, I got creamed. My boy won 6 rounds!!!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Button it Up (Beginning Addition Practice)


Number sense takes practice. Our youngest son is getting good at counting and associating numerals. I wanted to reinforce what he's learned and introduce simple addition sentences. 

I made a fun game to play with him. Not only does it practice math, it also works fine motor skills.


Because he's five and his attention span is still pretty short for seated activities, we only played for 10 minutes. I know we'll be playing it again… and again… and again, though.

Want to play?

What You Need
Die
1-page PDF of Button it Up Game Board (download it free here)
Paper (1 sheet to print the PDF on)
12 small buttons (6 of each color)
Plastic Sheet Protector (or laminate)
Fine-tip dry-erase marker

How to Play
Once your game board is printed and either laminated or placed inside a plastic sheet protector, you're ready for your child to play.


1. Have him/her roll the die and count the dots.

2. If your child is proficient enough, have them write the numeral in one of the hands on the game board. If writing numbers is a skill that your child hasn't mastered yet, do this step for them.

3. Now your child will place the number of buttons rolled down the center of the shirt. I like to have them use the same color of buttons for each number rolled.

4. Now repeat steps 1-3, putting the numeral in the other hand, and using buttons of the other color.

5. Now say the addition sentence out loud (e.g. "Three plus four equals what? How many buttons are there all together?"). Write the answer in the shirt pocket (or have your child do this).

6. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe the dry-erase marker from the board and start again! Repeat until your child's attention begins to wane.


Pair a Book with It
Even though this Pete the Cat book is more about subtraction than addition, it complemented our activity beautifully. Pete is a favorite in our house and even reading it over and over again is still enjoyable.

Monday, March 23, 2015

After School Linky (3-23)


Welcome to the party!


If you'll be home with the kids on Spring Break, here are some fabulous ideas from last week's party to consider doing.



13 Free Printable History Board Games at Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Having Fun Writing Sentences at Mosswood Connections.


Easter LEGO Designs at Brain Power Boy.



The After School Linky is cohosted by
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, home school, or on the weekend!

When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up, you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board and feature an image on our After School Party in the upcoming weeks!



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