Monday, August 8, 2011

Everyday Games for Math Centers

This past weekend one of my neighbors were having a moving sale.  They were selling many of the games their children had when they were kids.  Well I found three games and I thought would make great games for math centers. No papers to check and would keep students busy for a quite awhile when I'm working with small groups.

Number Sense
A game for 2-4 players.  Object of the game:  Get your rack of cards in order from least to greatest first. 
I would start off by having kids order 4 cards from least to greatest and then increase the number.

Adding 3 Digit Numbers
Add up your points as you match up the Tri-ominos.  For younger students you can have them just match up the numbers for recognition.  2nd graders and up and add up the three numbers as they discard the Tri-ominos.  Students can play according to the directions or you can adapt it to fit the needs of your class.
Students use skill and strategy to create sequential stacks of cards.  The winner is the first player to use all their cards in their stack pile.
Here’s another game that I have in my classroom that I purchased from Learning Resource.
I ran out of score sheets so I created a new sheet of my own.  You can also have students just write the math equations on dry erase boards to save paper.  (I know our district is always on our case about making too many copies.)


Ashleigh said...

I love playing Racko! It is so much fun. Thanks for the reminder, because I haven't seen it in years.

Sandy said...

I know there are so many games out there that I played as a kid that are good educational games. I just wish some of my students played more board games than video games.