Monday, July 18, 2011

New Feature ~ Math Game Monday






Monday's will be a spotlight on a math game you can use in your classroom!  These games may be online games, board games, card games, games you make, games your students make, or whatever I find that's worth sharing!!

Today, I want to tell you about a game I use in my classroom on a regular basis.  There are many games that use playing cards and students always seem to like them.  

I 'created' this game on the spur of the moment one day when we had to stay in our ELT period (Extended Learning Time) beyond the regularly scheduled release time.  And you know those days happen from time to time.

My students were "bubble" students in math and we were practicing integer problems so the cards were already out for a game on that content.  I decided to have students to change up the game a bit to do some basic skills practice on fractions.

Here's how it went:


  • Students worked in pairs with a deck of cards (aces & faces removed) and one operation die.
  • Each student drew 2 cards and decided how he wanted the fraction to be made.  A 3 and a 5 could be three-fifths or five-thirds.  
  • Both students wrote down both fractions.
  • They took turns rolling the operation die to determine if they had to add, subtract, multiply, or divide the fractions.
  • Both students worked the problem and shared answers. 
  • I walked the room and spot-checked answers.
  • Students who could not come to an agreement on a problem were to raise their hands immediately for assistance.

I had more engagement during this 'game' than any other time dealing with fraction practice.  Students seemed more willing to talk about how they had worked the problems.  Of course, the problems are random, so you have to be on your toes checking student work, but the extra effort was totally worth it!!! 

What's even better, you can make slight variations of this game to work for other math skills as well!


Mathematically yours,


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