6th Grade Unit 3: Fractions (Part 2 -Fraction Stations Set 1)

Last year I tried Michelle’s review stations for the first time, and loved it!  You can read about some of the logistics and set up of it here.

For the most part, the set up of everything was the same this year as last year, and I wanted to share what activities I had at each station.

I fully admit that not everything at every station is fantastic.  Not even close, but I tried something different and something pretty far outside of my comfort zone.   Now that I’ve done this for two years, I can see things I want to change, and one of my summer goals is to go through each station and really pick it apart and make improvements as needed.

Here is the checklist I give students to keep track of their progress.

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1.  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
Videos:
Activities:

2.  Simplify Fractions
Videos:
Activities:

3.  Comparing Fractions
Videos:
Activities:
  • IXL
  • Fraction War
    • Like the normal war game, but students flip over two cards to create a fraction.  The student whose fraction is greater gets all 4 cards.
  • Comparing Fraction Puzzle
  • Worksheet (It doesn’t look like the one I use is free anymore.)

4.  Adding Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Videos:
Activities:
  • IXL
  • QR Cards (not free)
  • Tarsia Puzzle (I cannot find the file for this, but it is likely from this site.)
  • Bump Game
  • Dominoes/Dice
    • Students create fractions using dominoes or dice, add them, and check answers using Desmos.

5.  Subtracting Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Videos:
Activities:
  • IXL
  • QR Cards (not free)
  • Bump Game
  • Dominoes/Dice
    • Students create fractions using dominoes or dice, subtract them, and check answers using Desmos.
  • QR Cards
    • These are for regrouping.  I haven’t used this with students yet, but created them after doing the stations when I saw students needed more practice with these types of problems.

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Once students complete all of the stations, I have a 6th station for them to work at with puzzles, challenge problems, and other activities.  Here is a list of many of the things available to students.  I’ve found that students like if I don’t put everything out right away and add a couple new things everyday.

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2 thoughts on “6th Grade Unit 3: Fractions (Part 2 -Fraction Stations Set 1)

  1. I am looking at these centers and I have never used centers in my middle school classroom but am truly interested in how this works. Are students in partners? Do they all start at center 1? How do they rotate? Do you check something before they move on to assure they are understanding?

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    • If you didn’t read the post linked toward the beginning of this post, I recommend checking it out. (https://countjoy12.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/differentiated-review-stations/) I explain a lot of the logistics of it there. Students can work with a partner or by themselves. They decide. Sometimes I need to step in and say certain pairs of students won’t work. They don’t all start at station 1 -they get to pick, and not all of them do all the stations. It’s based off of how they did on their pre-test. They take quizzes a couple times a week to “test out” of a station. Again, I explained a lot of that in a bit more detail in the post I linked. Let me know if you have other questions! I would love to hear how this goes if you try it!

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