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Our math game page is new and will be growing so keep
checking back. Some games will simply have instructions while other titles
will be linked to a printable page. These games should work well in the
classroom as well as at home!
Mental Math Note Game
(Ideal for grades 3-8)
You will need: Large
Post-it Notes (or index cards and masking tape), pen. How To Play: Write numbers on the back of 2 post-it notes and place the
notes on the back of a player without the player being allowed to see them. The
player with the notes then turns his back to the other players for a brief
moment so they can see the two numbers. He then turns to face the group again.
The other children should now help the post-it note player figure out the 2
numbers on his back. For example, group members may take turns giving him
equations that demonstrate the numbers. For example, let's say the post-it
player has the numbers 2 & 7 on his back. One group member may say, "6 + 10" and
another may say, "5-3". Or, you can have the group members act out the numbers.
This works well for younger kids. For instance, one member may clap 2 times or
stamp a foot 2 times. When the player with the post-it notes guesses the
numbers, it's time for another player to take his place.
(click for game instructions and
printable checker board)
Practice various various math skills through the
game of checkers!
Exchange Change (for
a small group)
Supplies: one die for each group of kids and change coins
A learning game that will children in early grades learn money combinations.
Have each group of 2-3 students start out with 10 dimes, 6 nickels, and 15
pennies. The first player rolls the die. Depending on the number that comes up,
from 1-6, he will take that many coins. If he rolls a six, for example, he can
take six pennies, but then he has to exchange 5 pennies for a nickel. After a
few exchanges, the student will learn to pick a nickel and one penny. The next
player will do the same and take the allotted amount. On the player's next turn,
she takes the allotted coins, but if she ends up with five pennies, she should
exchange them for a nickel. If she has two nickels, she has to exchange them for
one dime. When all the dimes are gone, the game is over and all players count
out their change. The person with the highest number wins. For the next level of
learning money combinations add 10 quarters and then add dollar bills.
Math Baseball How To Play: Have a long list of math problems ready. Divide the
classroom into 2 teams. At this point it’s fun to have the teams break up and
decide on a team name. Draw a big baseball diamond on the board. Choose which
team is to be first up by tossing a coin, picking a number, etc. Have the team
“up to bat” first line up and get ready to answer problems.
The pitching team begins by “pitching” a math
problem to the “batting” team. You can either have the children from the
“pitching” team takes turns pitching the problems, or you can have one child
designated each inning as the “pitcher” of problems. The first child “up to bat”
tries to answer the problem. If the child is correct, it’s a base hit and the
teacher can mark that the baseball diamond. If the child misses the problem,
it’s an “out”. When the batting team gets three outs, the teams switch places.
Play until the designated score is reached.