Death by Fractions – a game for 2 or 3 players

You will need 4 dice, 2 or 3 players, pen and paper each.

Start: You have 3 lives.

Each turn. Throw all 4 dice. Choose 2 of them and make the smallest fraction you can. For example, if you throw 3,3,4 and 6, the smallest fraction is 3/6 or 1/2. That is the number of lives you have to lose (by doing a subtraction).

You are dead: When the number of lives goes to zero, or goes negative. The winner is the last man standing….

Differentiation – one or all of the players may use a scientific calculator. It’s good practice in keying in fractions!

Questions to think about during the game:

  1. Who is winning? (Which is the bigger of 2 mixed numbers)
  2. How do “borrow” when you need to do so?
  3. You will need to think about common denominators. What is the largest one you may need?
  4. If you want to play a fast round, start with only 2 lives.

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