My class has been working on fractions for what seems like forever. I was dreaming up ways to practice converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, and this Mixed Number Bingo game was born!
I introduced the game in my small group rotations during math workshop. This worked well because I loosely group by high, middle, and low. My students all surprised me, though, and TOOK OFF playing this game! They had previous experience converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, but were having trouble remembering the steps. Having a fast paced game helped many of my slower workers get into a groove!
We had a blast racing through the conversions in order to get the bingo boards filled in. One student only had a few spots filled in on their board. They exclaimed, “Wow, I did all of those math problems without getting bingo!” Another kid responded, “It’s just Mrs. L’s secret plot to grow our brains, by making math fun so we don’t even notice!”
Yep, that’s exactly it.
“It’s just Mrs. L’s secret plot to grow our brains, by making math fun so we don’t even notice!”4th grade student
We are going to play again tomorrow, this time in teams. I want game play to go a little bit more quickly. What we will do is have one person be “Player A” and another student be “Player B”. I will call out two improper fractions, one for each player. They will then solve simultaneously, and work together to cover the same bingo board.
Even my slowest, most reluctant math students were scribbling frantically on their whiteboards today, and we solved probably close to 50 problems today. Typically these students would drag their feet and take an hour to solve 10 worksheet problems. Games in the math classroom are so motivating for kids, and this Mixed Number Bingo game really did its’ job. It will be in the rotation for years to come!
Mixed Number Bingo is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Here is a direct link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mixed-Number-Bingo-4503076 Happy Playing!
-Mrs. Leighton @learningonleightonlane