Math Games – Is it legal to make math this much fun?
Math Games
Relief Teaching with 41 Math Games will keep your kids enthralled – and learning. You can just get a coffee and watch learning explode with these math games. 41 Math Games cater for all ages from 6 to 16. Learning is intense when the competition is intense and believe me – some of the games become very competitive.
And effective teaching and learning is the winner!
How can one math games resource, which is cheaper than the coffee you are drinking, be this good.?
Let’s look at this indepth just to see if you can see this fitting into your teaching (or relief teaching) repertoire.
Check out my 41 Math Games video.
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If you didn’t like it, well… you had better tell me as well.
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41 Math Games.
This is just one of the math games from the new resource, 41 Math Games with Cards.
This game requires the kids to understand BOMDAS and basic number facts.
It is most suited to students 10 years and up.
I have used this on relief teaching gigs in year 5, year 6 and year 7 classes but I can see it being used in all grades up to year 10.
Teaching was never so easy or effective.
This is one of the math games that can be played by 2 to 4 players.
Maths Games with challenges.
Kids get a number sentence grid.
If the kids haven’t seen a number sentence grid before, then you have your first teaching episode.
I would most certainly be teaching the concepts of BOMDAS and priority of signs before hand.
I would also be teaching students about using brackets and what the operations each do to numbers.
Start off by giving the kids the number grid.
A deck of cards is placed in the middle of the table.
In turn, players turn a card up and places it on the discard pile
Each player writes this digit in the placement grid in any location of their choice.
This is where the fun starts and learning is challenged, because kids have to work out the best location for the number.
When I used this at my last relief teaching gig, I just wandered around and listened to the conversation while the kids were playing.
You know sometimes, when you are relief teaching, it just feel right!
As the game progresses and the number sentence grid starts to fill up, math thinking and problem solving starts to kick it.
Then the challenge starts because the cards don’t always fall the way you want.
Inside the grid is a discard section where kids can place numbers they don’t want to use.
However, there is only 6 spaces, so like all math games in 41 Math Card Game, choices need to be made.
These Math Games really force math thinking.
Unwanted cards will need to placed in blank squares making the number sentences incorrect.
The winner will be the player with most correct number sentences.
Number sentences are ticked when correct but as cards have to be used to fill up blank squares, some number sentences will be incorrect.
Can you see the math skills required to solve these math problems?
Each player will be taking a different approach.
When I used these math games in my last relief teaching gig, kids were looking at other sheets, comparing how their sheets look.
Prime math thinking, talking and problem solving.
Does it get any better than this?
You just have to agree that Math Games really engage kids with math.
And the price for this resource?
I know, I know … I must be nuts – $3.95!
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Looks fun and educational. Pretty much just perfect for relief teaching and I think children learn better when you make learning fun for them. I’ve come across several teachers who believe in the traditional classroom setting, but I on the other hand love implementing new teaching system such as your 41 math games with cards. I’m definitely giving this one a try on my next class.
Thanks for your comments Jessica. I know you will love the book.
We can blame the kids and their parents for the children not catching up or learning as well as they should be in their age, but I think we rarely discuss the fact that the way we teach children today feels forceful and monotonous in many ways. Children absorb information differently and I think partly, the responsibility falls on the teachers to find different ways to make them understand better and faster. There are many excellent points made here, something that I should absolutely think about more.
You are correct, of course. Unfortunately, there are a lot of demands on teachers. Some, including many principals, do not equate fun with learning.