Equivalent Trios is a great game! We have been working with fractions, decimals, and percents, and we have worked on various activities during the past few days. One of the activities was this Equivalent Trios game. Each triangle has a percent, decimal, fraction, or picture on each side. Each side needs to be matched with another trio that has an equivalent percent, decimal, fraction, or picture. I worked with each group to get them started with this game, because they did need some guidance to get on the right track.
The directions are written for this to be played as a game: the group places one tile in the middle, and each student begins with several tiles, taking turns to find a match. If they can't find one, they pick up an extra tile and the next person takes their turn. However, I found it more productive and time-saving (we were using this as a center activity and so did not have a lot of time) if they worked on it as a group to find the matches. Each student did take 4-5 tiles to start, and we left the extras face-up in the middle, but the students did look at each others' tiles to help each other. Once they understood the way the game worked, their conversations were great to listen to! For example, if they were looking for something equal to 0.33, students would say, "Does someone have 33% or 33 over 100?" and they would repeat it as they searched for a match...this repetition was really helpful to the kids who weren't as sure of themselves.
The students definitely found this to be a challenge and enjoyed working on it as they attempted to use all 36 of the pieces (only 2 groups of the 19 groups in all of my math classes actually finished it). Some wanted so much to finish it that they asked to work on it during 9th period (study hall/activity time). We first used this activity on Tues, and I had students ask to use it every 9th period for the rest of the week!
Do you have any math games/activities that your students ask to play?