This is a activity stimulates thinking around equivalent fractions.
It can be enjoyable and link to any area of the curriculum such as probability e.g. "How many times does Sarah Roll a 5 on her dice?"
TEACHING POINT - The highest number of attempts can be varied to 10, 12, 15, 16, 20 etc depending on the stage the children are at.
- Set up a small group target game for 3 or 4 pupils. This could be rolling a certain number on a dice or throwing a piece of paper or beanbag into a classroom paper bin from a set distance.
- Give each pupil in the group a try at the target game BUT restrict/define how many attempts they can have e.g. (You will want to make these numbers you know your children can compare as they will become the denominator)
Josh- 2 attempts
David- 3 attempts
Lucy- 4 attempts
- Record the successes on a chart e.g.
Josh - 1/2 (1 on target, out of two attempts)
David - 2/3 (2 on target, out of three attempt)
Lucy- 2/4 (2 on target, out of four attempts)
- Ask the following question: - "Who was the best at this game?" - pupils discuss in pairs and explain their reasoning.
- The children will need to discuss what the equivalent fractions are, so ensure you give them denominators they can compare easily.
- A fraction chart will help to model the cognitive thinking. You can download our posters here: Equivalent Fractions Poster
Older pupils might like to research the success rate of penalty kickers at their favourite football club and compare their findings.Resources:
Equivalent Fractions Poster