I thought we were ready to practice the multiplication of fractions we'd been working on this past week. Boy was I wrong. I had dragged out the R2D2 cart so I could use the online math manipulatives at Shodor. So we started with a fairly mundane rendention of multiplication. I could tell they were BORED.
Quickly I found another option...it's Fraction Four. You know, the old Connect Four game. Except this time they can use fractions. So we started off playing. The age old adage to always try something out, figure out how it works and then use it in front of your class really applies. But since I was ad libbing, I tried it out in front of them first. Needless to say it was a bit rocky.
It didn't take long before I knew that using the simple fraction function wouldn't keep them engaged. So I check Algebra....never thinking that they could do algebra with fractions. Boy was I wrong. It was a fantastic day, they learned tons, had a blast and figured out how to use the game. It pays huge dividends to use online games like this to review...and who knows maybe your students will know way more than you thought they did.