Capture Half or More

For two players/teams

Materials: Capture Half or More Fraction Cards

Paper for Fraction Strips

1.  Each player/team makes a separate fraction strip for halves, fourths, eighths, thirds and sixths. All strips from both players/teams are placed in the middle. (They may trace over their fold lines to make the strips easier to determine but should not write fraction names on the strips.)

2.  Player/Team 1 draws a fraction card and searches for a strip where they can shade in that fraction. If they have shaded half or more of a strip they can keep the shaded strip. If the strip is less than half shaded, they return the shaded strip to the middle pile.

3.  Player/Team 2 draws a fraction card and can either shade that fraction on a new strip or add onto a previously shaded strip. If they have now shaded half or more of a strip they can keep the shaded strip. If the strip is less than half shaded, they return the shaded strip to the middle pile.

4.  Play continues, alternating turns.

5.  They must “prove” any equivalences they use. (e.g. They draw the fraction four eighths but all the eighths strips are gone. They might say: “Four eighths is the same as one half because I can hold a strip divided into eighths next to a half and 4 of the eights cover the same amount as one of the halves so I can color one half of this strip and that is the same amount as four eighths.”)

6.  Player/Team who ends up with capturing the most shaded strips wins the game.

VARIATION-for beginning fraction learners: Initially play the game with only strips folded in halves, fourths and eighths. Perhaps have both players/teams make 2 of each kind of strip to make a longer game and reinforce equivalences using connections between visual and numerical representations.

VARIATION-Capture Half or Less: Use all the Capture cards. Play to capture half or less. Any fraction card drawn that would result in shading more than half of a strip is thrown out of the game and play passes to other player/team.