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Friday, December 9, 2011

Fractazmic!

I love taking time away from regular books and learning in a “fun way” through the use of games.  It doesn’t take much to get my son happy to jump up and get his games in place of his workbooks.  Math is one of those subjects where learning can be so much more fun when it’s in the form of a game.  The owner of I See Cards knows just how much fun and learning go hand in hand.  Dr. Ron created several card games to make learning math facts fun and less complicated for the students.
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Fractazmic is one of the card games that the TOS Crew was chosen to review.  It’s a game that “uses math and language skills”. The game consists of a deck of 60 colorful cards with numbers (fractions) in the top and bottom corners, and a graphic to reinforce the fraction.  In each deck there are 3 different color suits.  The green suit is the 10ths, the blue suit is the 12ths, and the red suit is the 16ths. This game is said to be for grades 1st-8th but people of all ages can join in on the fun.  The price per deck is $6.95.  This is what Dr. Ron has to say about Fractazmic:

“When children play Fractazmic, they know they're having fun, and you know that they're learning! Fractazmic is a comprehensive interactive fun lesson in fractions that gives your child unlimited practice at their individual level.
Each brightly colored card displays fractions, along with eye catching graphics, to ensure reinforcement. Players will quickly identify the fractions on their cards and calculate their way to fun and learning! Fractazmic teaches fractions, numbers and measurement.”

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The cards help with learning:

* The relationship between fractions and measurement
* Quickly learning to convert and add fractions
* How fractions are used in the real world

Fractazmic can be played with 2-4 players. If there’s only 2 players each one gets 7 cards to play. If there are 3-4 players each one gets 5 cards to play. The object of the game is to create as many hands as possible before a player runs out of cards. The player with the most hands at the end of the game wins. In order to make a “hand” the suit must equal to one (1) when the numbers are added together. You can watch some videos of different types of this game being played here. Playing the game can help students just learning their fractions as well as those who are just needing a review.  It can also help with memory skills as well as Eye Hand Coordination.

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We have taken a break from our regular math studies and have been playing Fractazmic for a few weeks now.  I think my son is enjoying the break to play a game even though he’s still learning.  He’s trying to get the concept of adding fractions but he needs a bit more practice.  Playing the game is challenging for him but each time we play I can tell he’s picking up bits at a time.  I’m glad to have a fun way to work on these more with him.  Other cards games by Dr. Ron are PyraMath, and PrimeBomb. He also has a free Math Success e-book (I suggest right clicking and “save link as” for a quicker download) you can download to learn about the different games and how to play them.  If you are on Facebook be sure to like Pyramath to get the latest updates.

Don’t forget to stop by and read what other crew mates had to say about I See Cards: Fractazmic.
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received a deck of cards free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.

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