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Are you looking for ways to reinforce math concepts in the form of games? Here's a collection of math games that your students are bound to enjoy!
Dice Game
Posted by:Mathzilla #130645

I have a simple one I play when we have an extra 5-10 minutes. I'm up front with 2 dice. Each student gets a piece of scratchpaper and writes B U S T across the top. It doesn't mean much, but we play one game under each letter.

I roll 2 dice and call out the 2 numbers I rolled. ("5, 3") Depending on your grade, you can either have the kids add, subtract, do one positive and one negative, multiply, etc. They jot down the answer as fast as they can in the first column (let's say "15"), and I roll again. I try to push the speed as fast at they can do it. If I roll doubles, the game ends and everyone loses the points they've gotten to that point. So the tricky part is that they have to anticipate when I'm going to roll doubles, and stand up to show they're...

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Multiplication 4 in a row
Posted by:TexTeacher #574

How to Play Multiplication 4 in a Row

This game is for two players. It is great for practicing those facts!

You need:

1 copy of the game board
2 paperclips
2 different kind of place markers (beans, color rocks, small game pieces)

The first player takes the two paper clips and places each of them on a number (2-9) at the bottom of the board. That player than says the multiplication sentence (ex. 4 X 7=28) and places one of their markers on the product.

The second player then gets to move only one of the paperclips to make a new multiplication sentence. That player calls out the multiplication sentence and put on of their markers on the product.

Play continues as players move one of the paperclips making new multiplication sentences, calling out the...

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Fun Math Games
Posted by:Caitlin #29586

Here are a couple of my students favorite math games:

1. Wild West Addition/Subtraction: You need a deck of cards, with all the face cards taken out. Two students go up in front of the class and stand back-to-back. You put a card on each students forehead (without them seeing the card). Then the students take three steps away from each other and turn and face the class. The whole class then looks at the sum or difference of the two cards that are on the students' foreheads and tell them the sum or difference. Then, using the sum or difference, and looking at the card on the other person's forehead, they have to figure out the card on their forehead. Whoever shouts out the correct answer first wins that round. Play again and again. This can be done with multiplication...

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math game for addition
Posted by:math game for addition #94353

My kids love this game. It not only helps them practice their basic addition facts, but also practice addition of two digit numbers.

I write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 on colored plastic squares that came with our math kit. (You can also use blank white ceramic tiles or laminated paper squares). Kids can play the game in pairs or groups of three. Have the kids lay the squared down in order with the numbers showing. The first player rolls a pair of dice and then figures out the numbers they can turn over using the sum of the dice. For example: If the total of the dice is 8, the child can turn over an 8, 5 and 3, 6 and 2, or 1 and 7.
The child continues to toss the dice and turn over numbers until he/she can not turn over any more numbers. The child...

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math facts
Posted by:Joan #46352

Asking parents to use flashcards at home to help their children master the facts is probably useless, as it will be drudgery for both parent and child. I know some students have been helped by those multiplication table songs. Perhaps you could send a tape (cheap to make a copy) home with a child and ask parents to see that he listens to it nightly. I teach fifth grade and have found that games are best for those who have trouble memorizing facts. There are many games using playing cards and dice. Here are a few I use:

#1-This is played by two people with a deck of cards with the jokers and face cards removed (or jack = 11 and queen = 12). Shuffle the deck and deal them all out face down. Each player flips over a card from his or her pile. The...

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subtraction games...
Posted by:LI Z #62877

We play subtraction baseball to reveiw math facts. I used subtraction flash cards and break the class up into 2 even teams. I have an odd number of students, so I pick one student to play on both teams. At home plate. they are asked a math fact. If they get it right, they go to 1st base...if the get it wrong, it is an out and take the number 1 tag and put it under the "outs" sign for his/her team. Then the second students come up and of he/she get it right then they go to first base and the other student goes to second.....and so forth and so on. We record the number of homeruns on the board. We generally play three innings. After three innings, whoever has the most homeruns wins. I might let the losing team line up first or the...

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addition games
Posted by:lisa #86937

Several quick and easy addition games can be found using an ordinary deck of cards. Have one deck per 2 students. Take out the face cards if you teach a primary level. Have your students choose a partner. Students will shuffle the deck and pass the cards out evenly between them forming 2 piles. The cards should be facing down. To begin the game, each student will simultaneously flip one card over. The first student who adds the two cards correctly receives them. Students can continue playing until they go through the deck once, or until someone wins all the cards. Another (slightly difficult) version is to yell out how many more it would take to make the highest card. An example would be: Student 1 flips over a 9, Student 2 flips over a 4. The first to yell 5 would win the cards. There are many more games that you can play using cards - be creative.
Another quick game I play with my entire class is called, Climb...

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Posted by:Becky #68630

There are many games that can be made. Think TV games. Jeopardy: you categories can be addition, subtraction, greater than, less than, fractions, etc.
Give each category pt. value.
place answers under each category and have st. come up with their questions/problems.
2. Match game: on one flash card put the answers and on the other the math problem. St. match them.
3. Relay races: have student teams fill in a family of fact house. Make flashcards with family of facts (separately) and throw in a couple of misleading ones. The team that fills their house with correct family of facts wins.
4. Around the world flash card game, but use a ball or inflatable globe to toss to the opponent playing the champ.
These are just a few I've played with my students.
They can be adjusted for 1st - 4th. Good luck!

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math games--unifix cubes
Posted by:Jessica #63079

How about using math games that require counting objects? Last week, we played 2 games that make the kids count unifix cubes. Both games are from a book called Developing Number Sense using Unifix Cubes.

Game 1--Race to Make a Staircase
Object of the game is to build a staircase. (1 tower of 1 unifix cube, a tower of 2, a tower of 3, ...until a tower of 6. You stand them next to eachother so they look like stairs. This is a partner game. Player 1 rolls the dice and builds a tower of that many cubes. Player 2 does the same. They keep going until someone comletes a staircase of 6. If a player rolls a number they already have, they lose that turn.

Game 2--Race to Make 30. Similar object--using unifix cubes, make a long tower of 30. Each player rolls the dice and adds that number of cubes to the tower. This tower...

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Math games
Posted by:Ally #62893

I use cards to play math games like the above poster and dice too...for example, Two Dice Addition...Three Dice Addition...Two Dice Subtraction...then add a third die and make it add two then subtract the third (I make grids the kids fill in to "win" so the dice games have an end to them) Once these games get too easy, I add those many sided dice so they can try again with larger numbers.

You could try the "Box Cars and One Eyed Jackas" books...they have a ton of math games that reinforce math facts. My students find playing games much more enjoyable than only drills...of course there are the kids that LOVE drill practice too. I do a variation of that is called "Random Numbers"...I have a column of ten boxes and then give the students...

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Posted by:Betsy #87565

My students love to play the game of "Snaps." I think I may have gotten this idea on this board. All players stand. Teacher gives each student a problem (mult., addition, subtraction) and the student has three snaps to say the answer. If the student beats the third snap he remains in the game. If not he sits down. Play three rounds: round one=3 snaps, round two=2 snaps, and round three=1 snap. All players still standing after round 3 are the winners. I'm not sure if this is something you could use or not on math night, but you can atleast use it in your classroom.

This is another activity my students love. Maybe you can find a way to make it work for math night. Maybe students and parents could work as a team. I give a problem on the board and students have given amount of...

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Posted by:Kim #57162

If you are playing math games, then cards are always easy to use... Go Fish, War (Call it "Compare"), Crazy Eights, etc. There are books out there with just card and dice games. IF you are working on reading skills you can make sequencing cards. Or make flash cards and play a game called "Bang!" Another teacher taught it to my kids and although the name isn't a favorite, you can rename it. The children get the flash cards that they can read, but if they get the Bang! card they have to give their cards all back. Winner is the one with most cards when you havbe gone throught the deck once. My kids love this game for some reason and it's great for drill. Yo can also make a generic game board and change the question or activity cards. Parchesi, Chutes and Ladders, etc are always good. My...

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Math games
Posted by:Mrs. J #94350

I've used a game called "Bizz-Buzz" in small groups (but it might be fun in large groups) to help with multiples. This can work with elementary or middle grades. You start out by choosing a number (usually I choose something between 3 and 7) to be "Bizz." I usually have students stand in a circle and I join them. One student starts out the counting with "one." Students go around the circle counting in order. However, when you get to any multiple of your chosen "Bizz" number, students have to say "Bizz," not the number. For example, if 3 was the "Bizz" number, the first student would say "one", the next student "two", the next student "Bizz", then "four", "five", "Bizz", etc. Once students are comfortable with this you can add another number for "Buzz." Now you have two multiples that students are trying to remember. For example, if multiples...

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Grade 1 math games
Posted by:Jillian #81962

Place Value--take ten popsicle sticks-on one side draw ten dots and on the other side draw one dot. Students then take the ten sticks and drop them on their desk/floor. They have to figure out their number by seperating the sticks that are showing the ten dots from the one dots.

Number Recognition --create a 100 chart for each student, mount it on thick paper and laminate if possible. Each student will have bingo chips or paper squares. The teacher will create a design on the grid (house, pumpkin..) wihtout showing the students. The teacher will call out the numbers required for that picture. You can make it more difficult later by saying "the number in between 67 and 69" or " 2 more than 5". The students really like to see what the picture will be.

Adding/Subtracting --take egg cartons and write or place numbers 1-6 in each...

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Math Game ideas for Gr.2 (adaptable for other grades)
Posted by:Natalie #37655

Hi Sue,
I was in a grade 2 class and the teacher is amazing and had lots of really cool games.
1) First to 200 wins!(You can change the value with whatever place value you want) Using dice and base 10 sticks (or 100 etc), students can work in pairs on the carpet. Have large (11 x 17)contruction paper mats divided into ones, tens, hundreds. Each student rolls a die and puts that many of base 10 (or ones or hundreds) in the tens column. They need to keep track of their score.
2) Prbability: Have some photocopied sheets with pictures of each side of a die at the top. Students roll and keep track of how many times they roll each number. You could say whoever rolls 4 the most wins (or select a different number each time).
3)Use decks of cards and play Highest card...

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