To download the game board for Gomoku Simplifying Fractions, click here.
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.