## Friday, February 13, 2015

### Gomoku -- Simplifying Fractions

Frequent readers of this blog know I love creating math games for my students to practice their facts.  I created Gomoku Games, a freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store where students can follow a few basic directions to play different versions of the game.  The change in difficulty comes in the operation performed on the numbers rolled.  For example, I have introduced addition, subtraction, and multiplication versions of this game.

When I got to division, I wanted my students to work with fractions.  For this version, have the students roll two dice.  The smaller number becomes the numerator, the larger number becomes the denominator.  (There is another game board where this pattern is reversed.)

If your students haven't learned how to simplify yet, I would recommend a "cheat sheet": a list of possible fractions with their simplified forms.  As you can see from the list below, their aren't that many of them that need simplifying.

1 = 2/2 = 3/3 = 4/4 = 5/5 = 6/6
1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6
1/3 = 2/6
2/3 = 4/6

Once a player has figured out the answer, he/she places a marker on a square with that answer.  The objective is to get five markers placed in a row.

Gomoku Games: Five in a Row is available for free at Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook.

1. Hello Mary,
This is Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas. I want to thank you for linking up at my Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday. I love your amazing ideas, each week! :)
Thank you for linking up, I look forward to seeing what you have next week!
Have a great Valentine's Day,
Fern
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1. Thank you, Fern.
Happy Valentine's Day
Mary

2. Have a nice weekend!