Greg Tang Math: SATIS-FRACTION Tournament
By: Mary Kienstra on: February 23, 2014 in: CCSS, Engagement, iPads, Math, tournament
You just never know what will hook students and get them involved in the learning. This week, my students were absolutely obsessed with a fraction game on www.gregtangmath.com. The skill they were practicing was multiplying and dividing fractions. They were “playing” the game SATIS-FRACTION.
Last week as students were reviewing operating with fractions, they created their own tournament. These kids love competition! As I worked with another group across the room, I noticed a group working on Greg Tang’s SATIS-FRACTION game multiplying and dividing fractions. They were keeping track of their times and comparing to each other. With no teacher involvement whatsoever (except for directing them to practice their skills on that site), they had organized their learning in a highly engaging way. Each student was working as quickly as they could and recording their times to compare to each other. Additionally, they were practicing comparing decimals numbers to determine who had the lowest time. This is authentic learning as they had a true purpose to their learning – to win the game! They were so involved in their tournament, they didn’t want to finish math class.
Special thanks to Greg Tang for his constant inspiration. His ideas make my class come to life!
P.S. Notice the time in this picture. One of my students was practicing SatisFraction at home. His score was so completely outstanding that he took a screen shot and sent it to me to share with the class. Did you see what I just wrote? He was practicing dividing fractions at HOME. That’s student motivation!