If you're looking for a great hands-on activity for reviewing fractions, decimals, and percents with your students, congratulations—you've just found it! In this blog post we show you how to use dominoes to help children practice simple fractions, decimals, and percents. Grab a pack of dominoes from your classic games collection, or pick up a set at your local dollar store. Let's get started!
First, decide on how many dominoes you will give each student. Since a typical dominoes set, including ours, contains 28 dominoes, we divided the set into four groups of seven. It's completely up to you how many students you would like to participate in this learning center at one time, and thus, how many dominoes each student will work with. (Keep in mind that you can easily pick up several packs of dominoes at the Dollar Tree without breaking the bank!)
Once the dominoes are distributed, your students will observe each of their domino tiles, and either write down or say aloud the fraction, decimal, and percent that corresponds with each tile. For example, if the domino tile has two dots on the top and five dots on the bottom, they will identify the fraction (2/5); the decimal (.4); and the percent (40%).
Here's a helpful hint: As you distribute domino tiles, you may wish to remove all tiles that have one blank end. Otherwise, if you do choose to use them, make sure your students realize they will need to specify when the blank end results in a zero answer (if it is on the top) or an answer that cannot be computed (if it is on the bottom). Alternatively, you could have your students fill in the blank space with any number of dots they choose.
Isn't this the easiest math learning center imaginable? We love the idea of using classic games, like dominoes, checkers, and playing cards, to practice math skills, including fractions, decimals, and percents. What are your favorite classic games to practice math skills with your students? Tell us in the comment section below!
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