Teach Through Games: Make A Pie

Teach Through Games: Make A Pie

Age level: Early Elementary, Upper Elementary

Description: Make A Pie from eeBoo is a fantastic, simple game to help learners practice working with fractions. I love that the game provides an activity for identifying fractions as part of the whole, and working to create a whole.

The design of the game is simple and motivating to my learners. I love the picnic blanket, and I also love that the way the game is organized, students don’t miss a turn. It provides MANY more opportunities to practice fractions.

Skills & Modifications: If I’m introducing this to a child who is just starting to learn about fractions, I will remove the smaller fractions and the spinner. Instead, I will create multiple cards that contain my target fractions. (For example, I might create cards that say 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2. Then the learners take turns drawing cards and creating their pies. Over time, I introduce more and more fractions. Once all fractions have been introduced, I introduce the spinner so that the learner is playing the game as designed.

Working together to make whole pies.

Working together to make whole pies.

Fractions – This is one of those games that does one thing, but does it very well. As your learner becomes more proficient with it you, can begin to ask them more complex questions, such as “What combination of fractions would help you make a whole pie?”

Pros: The game is simple to play, but helps learner practice an essential but challenging math skill. Gameplay is also relatively quick, so it’s a fantastic activity for kids who have shorter attention spans. Also, the game instructions include potential extensions for the game, which I always appreciate!

Cons: None.

makeapieCost: $17.00 You should invest in this game if: you are a math teacher, you have a learner who needs additional practice with fractions, or you are looking for games that children of different levels can play with each other.


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