Fraction Escape (make one) can be played as a single-player or a multiplayer game. It helps the players add fractions to one with visual help. A low floor high ceiling game that can be played by all players. Some students will start with simple fractions and some will move on to the more difficult ones where they choose to match not only 1/3+2/3 but also 3/9+4/6.
The goal is to be the first player to escape all the rooms.
As I have mentioned many times, I believe that math games should be opportunities to learn, (often from each other), have fun, and socialize. If a game feels like a test it discourages students and lowers their confidence. Playing games at home with parents is very different than playing games at school and educators must be careful with the choice of games and should always provide ways for all students to have a positive experience. (like providing “cheat sheets” and visuals, 2 “cheat sheets” provided below.
- Print out of the game board
- One dice
- Two place markers for each player (small objects, transparent ones like counters will work better as they will not hide the fraction visuals. We cut pieces from transparent colored shampoo and soap bottles and they work very well)
Two game boards are provided for two different levels. One gameboard has three rooms and the other one has only two.
How to play
The players place their markers (both) on any (same) tile in the middle smallest room. The youngest player goes first or the players roll the dice to decide. The players take turns rolling the dice. At their turn, they move any of their markers (one at each turn) in any direction. The goal is to land their two markers on two (different) fractions that make a whole. Once they do that they escape the room and on their next turn, they can start on any tile in the next room.
The first player to exit all the rooms is the winner.
Low floor-High Ceiling
This game offers good practice and helps students see patterns, find relationships, and understand fractions better. It is a low floor high ceiling game in the sense that some players will look for the more obvious answers like 1/4+3/4=1 and some will use the equivalent fractions as well 1/4+6/8=1 To help all students reach the second level and select equivalent fractions as well you can provide this “cheat-sheets”. The players can use the cheat sheets to find equivalents of the fraction they need to match. The “cheat sheets” is a useful resource to have for other fraction activities as well.
If you find that the players escape very “easily” and the game ends fast or that they always select the same pairs, you can decide that each player has to land on matching pairs 2 or 3 times for each room in order to escape. Keep track of the number of times though.
Allow the players to use the fraction cards to help students compare fractions and understand better. The cards are a great way to start. There are two games in this post as well which are easier for players since the cards can be placed next to each other to visually compare.
Here are the game boards to print:
The cheat sheets
Below is the free google slides version. This version uses a digital spinner instead of dice.