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Subtracting Fractions: Best Game for Reinforcing Key Concepts


What better way to consolidate skills than with a game?

Research has proven that when students work in a team, they feel safe and will discuss mathematical concepts more frequently than if they are put in a purely competitive environment (Johnson and Johnson, 1989).  However, with the addition of the competitive element, this learning becomes fun! When one team competes against another team the perfect combination of optimal learning and fun occurs.  This combination of Cooperation and Competition makes learning fun while consolidating key concepts.

The combination of cooperation and competition is found in the strategy called “Teams-Games-Tournament” (Devries et al, 1980) in which one pair of students competes against another pair of students. The first team selects a card from a deck of cards and answers the matching question from a question booklet (see below). The student records his/her answer on an activity sheet.  The 2 students work cooperatively to obtain an answer. If correct they get a point, if not the other team can get the rebound point. Then team 2 selects a card, discusses the answer and so on.

The question booklet is made up of 4 sections:

♠  Spades   12 questions Subtract Mixed numbers with DIFFERENT denominator

♣  Clubs   12 questions Subtract Mixed numbers with DIFFERENT denominator

  Hearts   12 questions Subtract Mixed numbers with same denominator but NO regrouping needed

♦  Diamonds   12 questions Subtract Mixed numbers with SAME denominator but REGROUPING required


Below is an example of a student response sheet.  Students hand these in at the end of the period, to increase accountability and to ensure they have a record of the work for their notes.



This resource is available on Teachers Pay Teachers, you can click here to have a look at the product.

Package includes:
* Rationale: how to use the product in the classroom
* Student Instruction handout
* Practical Tips for Teachers
* Answer key for all 48 questions
* 2 blank student response sheets
* Student sample response sheet

Each suit is a different level of difficulty!

Also great for MILESTONES review! 



Purchaser comments:

“Loved that the game was constantly changing and not just repetition.” Rating: 4.0

“Great product!” February 21, 2018

“Thank you, a great game for unit review and differentiating. Each suit is a different level of difficulty – thanks.”



A great game for learning subtraction of mixed numbers. Can be used as:
* Game for 1,2 or 4 players
* Peer Tutoring Game
* Homeschooling
* Stations
* Worksheets
* Differentiation


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Devries, D., R. Slavin, G. Fennessey, K. Edwards, and M. Lombardo.  Teams-Games-Tournament: The Instructional Design Library.  Volume 37. Educational Technology Publications.  New Jersey. 1980.

Johnson, D and R Johnson.  Cooperation and Competition. Theory and Research.  University of Minnesota.  Interaction Book Company.  1989.


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