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Ages 7-9 | KS2.i Equivalent Fractions Activity

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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?"

Steps:
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. Ask the following question: - "Who was the best at this game?" - pupils discuss in pairs and explain their reasoning.
  5. The children will need to discuss what the equivalent fractions are, so ensure you give them denominators they can compare easily.
  6. A fraction chart will help to model the cognitive thinking. You can download our posters here: Equivalent Fractions Poster
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.
Older pupils might like to research the success rate of penalty kickers at their favourite football club and compare their findings.