**Learning
Target:**** **What are some strategies for
estimating the sums of fractions?

Today, 6^{th} Grade Math played a game called Getting Close. We
are starting a new Unit called “Let’s Be Rational.” In this Unit we will be
learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. So, to start, we
need to be good estimators. How do you make an “educated” guess? Playing the
game Getting Close helped us to strengthen our estimating skills.

**How to
Play:**

1.) All players hold 4 cards with the numbers 0, 1, 2, or 3. These cards will be used

to estimate the sum of two fractions.

2.) Place the game cards (cards with random fractions) facedown in the center of the

table.

3.) Each player will take a turn to select two game cards from the center of the table

to show all players. Each player will take a moment to silently estimate the sum of

the two game cards. On the count of three, everyone will show the number card

they have chosen to represent their estimation for the number closest to the sum

of the two game cards.

4.) After each player has played a number card, each player calculates the actual

sum by hand. The player whose number card is closest to the actual sum gets

the two game cards. **NOTE: ** If there is a tie, place the game cards back
into the

center of the table.

5.) When all game cards have been used, the player with the most game cards wins.

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