Fraction Hopscotch

I moved this post from my old blog:

Yesterday in my math class our plans told us to put our students into small groups and have them invent or adjust a game to make it contain fractions.  As I was walking around monitoring I heard one kiddo say "Fraction Hopscotch"  That's all it took!  From then on my mind went in overdrive trying to sketch a perfect layout on paper. 

I pulled out our STAAR (our state mandated test) resource page (page kids can rip out and use during test with helpful formulas/info).  I looked closely at the hash marks and how each one was represented on the "inches" side of the paper. 

Then I grabbed a roll of painters tape and spent my ENTIRE conference period (45 minutes) putting down the tape and figuring it all out. 

Here is what I came up with:
 
Isn't it AWESOME???!!!!???!!!!???!!???!!???!!???!
 
The students stand on "ZERO" lightly roll a
balled up piece of paper onto a fraction.
 
Then they hop on the squares and SAY the name of each fraction.
 
When they land on a double they have to name the equivalent fractions
"One fourth is equal to two eighths"
some of my students even say:
"One fourth is equivalent to two-eighths"
Which makes me OH SO HAPPY
 
The tricky one is 1/2 because there are 3 squares.
 
Our solution: first straddle it and say it then jump do a half
turn in the air (that's how we roll in my room) land with both
feet on one half and then name all three fractions that are equivalent
 
THEN
 
if you're really fancy you finish the hopscotch the second half of the way facing backwards.
 
OR
 
you can start it facing backwards and turn forwards at the 1/2 point.
 
Either way. . .you have to turn. . .it's what the cool kids are doing ;)
 
Enjoy :)
 
*you can also just draw this out with chalk outside*
 
By doing this students are practicing:  Ordering fractions, equivalent fractions, reading a ruler, understanding hash mark lengths on a ruler, preparing to use resource page on state test, how to make math applicable in real FUN situations ;)

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Welcome to my new teaching blog! I will do my best to update with things I use in my classroom and ideas I find online :) Feel free to send me advice, tips and questions. Happy Teaching!!!

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