Simplifying Fractions Card Game

GUEST POST!

Looking for fun ways to revise those tricky mathematics skills, in a fun way? Unsure about simplifying fractions and need some practice, but don’t know where to start? Well, this is the post for you! Read this great idea from Education.com, be sure to leave a comment if you had fun playing it! ❤

Learning how to write fractions in their simplest form is essential for math class and real-world scenarios. Give kids the practice they need to master this skill, which is a building block for the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

‘SIMPLIFYING FRACTIONS’

is the name of this fast-paced race game!

Are you ready to play? 

What You Need:
  • Playing cards (without face cards)
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Players (an even number)
What You Do:
  1. Draw a line through the center of a piece of paper, cutting it in half horizontally. This will act as a fraction bar, separating the numerator and the denominator during the game. Create one of these for every two players.
  2. Have each pair of players face each other.
  3. Shuffle and deal out the cards evenly between the players. Each person should place their cards in front of them, face down.
  4. Begin the game by having every player turn a card from their stacks face up simultaneously, and place it on the paper in front of them. The cards should be placed above the fraction bar, to represent the numerator.
  5. Players should then repeat the process with a second card, placing it below the fraction bar to represent the denominator.
  6. For every two players, there should be two cards above and two cards below the fraction bar, for a total of four cards.
  7. The first person to successfully simplify the fraction shown in front of them wins all of the cards. If both players simplify the fraction at the same time, they split the cards.
  8. If the fraction can’t be simplified, have each player take the cards that the other player laid down and put them at the bottom of his deck.
  9. When one player has collected all of the cards, the game is over and they’ve won!
When the time* is up, the player with the most cards is the winner!

*To shorten game length, you can set a time limit on the game.

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Revise Year 6 Mathematics Concepts

We’ll be revising the following topics in a super fun way! Click on the images to play the games!

  • Mean, mode, median, range.
  • Data Handling
  • Probability
  • Angles
  • Transformations

First up, MODE,MEAN, MEDIAN, RANGE!

Join the BAMZOOKi Zooks from CBBC and Bitesize to play a Maths median, mean, and range game.

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Ready for a quiz?

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How do you feel about DATA HANDLING?

Help Dick and Dom save Bottom World!

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Join the Zooks to revise PROBABILITY, decimals, fractions and percentages.

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The Mission 2110 Roboidz from CBBC join Bitesize to play a Maths ANGLES game!

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Ready for TRANSFORMATIONS?

REMINDER: There are different kinds of transformation. Rotation is when the shape is turned around a point. Reflection is when a shape is reflected in a mirror line. Translation is when a shape is moved a certain distance from its original position.

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Leave a comment below to tell me if you enjoyed these games. Did they help you revise?

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

Subtraction Grids

When it comes to mathematical operations, our favourite one, hands down is addition! But what about it’s inverse operation, subtraction? No one seems to like it as much…

Well, that was before this fantastic subtraction game we played in class! After special requests from my pupils, I have posted the link so that everyone can practise their subtraction in a super fun way!

Click below and start the Subtraction Grids game! Topmarks is a great site that has many more games, start clicking away and become an expert in subtraction!

Thanks Topmarks! We love you! ❤

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Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Transformations in Mathematics

We all know about the transformations of Batman and Superman! But how do these relate to transformations in mathematics? Read on to find out!

In geometry, transformations refer to the movement of a shape in the coordinate plane.

There are 4 important transformations you need to know:

  1. Rotation (Turn)  
  2. Translation (Slide)
  3. Reflection (Flip) 

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After any of those transformations (turn, flip or slide), the shape still has the same size, area, angles and line lengths.

4. Resizing (Dilation, enlargement) : The shape becomes bigger or smaller by a specific scale.

Read more about transformations on  www.mathsisfun.com and then see if you are ready to play this game! Think you know your stuff?

Have a go at playing Shape Mods

Click on the image below to flip, turn and slide your way through 18 mind-boggling puzzles! 

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Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Featured image downloaded from cdn.photonesta.com and modified for this post

 

Decimals, Fractions, Percentages with Football Maths Freebie!

Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

Fractions, decimals and percentages are all different ways of showing the same value.

Follow these steps to convert from one to another.

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Fraction to decimal: Divide the numerator by the denominator

Decimal to fraction: Multiply the decimal by 100; make the new number the numerator of a fraction with a denominator of 100. Simplify the fraction.

Decimal to percentage: Multiply by 100 and put the % sign

Percentage to decimal: Divide by 100 and remove the % sign

Percentage to fraction: Make the number into the numerator of the fraction with a denominator of  100. Then simplify the fraction.

Fraction to percentage: Divide the numerator by the denominator, multiply by 100 and add the % sign.

Display the most common equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages with this ready football maths display! All you have to do is click on the previews below and download the whole pack for free! 

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Fellow colleagues you can make a display on your maths working wall, like mine, by having a goal background and placing the footballs in bundles with their equivalent values.Just download the football pack for free! 🙂

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Children are you ready for a game? Click on the mouse icon to play a game and apply your knowledge on fractions, decimals and percentages!

 

 

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Image in post downloaded from Pinterest

How to win at paper-scissors-rock

A classic game, one I used to play as a child and one I still see pupils enjoying playing, today.

Paper-scissors-rock or rock-paper-scissors, is a hand game played between two people in which each player simultaneously forms one of three shapes. The shapes are:  rock (a fist), paper (a flat hand) and scissors ( a fist with the index and middle fingers together forming a V shape). Rock crushes scissors, paper wraps rock and scissors cut paper.

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Paper-scissors-rock can be played with a degree of skill by recognising and predicting your opponent’s behaviour. Game theory is the area of mathematics that studies how people interact when they have to make decisions that affect each other.

Zhijian Wang from the Zhejian University in China, studied real players to determine whether an optimal winning strategy, in paper-scissors-rock, exists.  Some interesting findings were made. Read on to find out how you can win at paper-scissors-rock!

Wang noted some interesting statistics which can help you be a winner.

  • Winning players tend to stick with their actions in the next round. Knowing this can help you come up with a winning strategy of your own.
  • If you just won a round, play what your opponent just played because they are likely to think that you will stick to your strategy.
  • Men tend to open with rock.
  • Women tend to open with scissors.

Do you still think the game is just plain luck or could a hidden strategy and knowledge of the above statistics, help you win?

Try it out and let me know! Good luck!

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Featured image downloaded from untied.net and modified for this post

King Henry Conversions – Freebie!!

It’s that time of the month again! FREEBIE time!

If you enjoyed the ‘King Henry Died by Drinking Chocolate Milk’ explanation, then you’ll love this! ❤

King Henry Died by Drinking Chocolate Milk power point presentation!

Just click on the freebie image below to download it for FREE! 

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It’s a power point I created for colleagues who wish to teach metric conversions to their year groups. However, parents and pupils may also find useful, when explaining metric conversions to their children; pupils may use it or revise for tests!
I hope you find it informative, helpful and useful!

I am excited to share it with you and in return, I would love to get some feedback on how you found or a shout out to the blog 🙂 
Till next time…

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All images used were downloaded from the internet.