Learning math through games September 17 2015, 0 Comments

teaching math through games

I always made time in the week to play math games with my students. Not only did it make math learning fun, little did they know they were also practicing their multiplication facts, geometry knowledge, problem-solving skills, and more!

There are many different kinds of math games, from traditional, commercial games you can purchase to more simple dice or card games you can make. I had a variety of both types of games in my math center. I pre-made the dice and card games and the beginning of the school year and organized them in labeled ziploc bags. Every few months, I had my students help clean up the math center and make sure each ziploc bag had the correct number of game pieces. Some of the games became classroom favorites that my students would play during free time or recess!

Last week we talked about why we should use games in the classroom. In this post, I will describe a number of wonderful games that can be used as part of your math instruction. While I believe that games can be a fun, motivational tool to improve learning, they shouldn’t replace more formal classroom instruction. Rather, they should be used to stimulate and reinforce learning alongside other worthwhile teaching activities.

Commercial Math Games

Chutes and Ladders

Age group: Lower elementary
Math concepts: counting, 1:1 correspondence

 

Connect 4

Age group: Lower elementary
Math concepts: counting, pattern recognition, spatial relations

 

Checkers

Age group: Lower or Upper elementary
Math concepts: patterns, sequencing, strategy

 

Battleship

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concepts: strategy, coordinate mapping

 

Rummikub

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concepts: counting, pattern recognition, sequencing

 

Monopoly/Monopoly Jr.

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concepts: money, estimation, strategy
 

Noncommercial Math Games

Many of these games can be played with dice or cards.

Egg-Acts Sum

Age group: Lower elementary
Math concept: basic addition

Beat That!

Age group: Lower elementary
Math concept: Place value
 

The Greatest

Age group: Lower elementary
Math concept: addition

Combine 4 Numbers

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concept: multiplication

The Math Factors Game

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concept: factors

Compare Fractions

Age group: Upper elementary
Math concept: fractions

 

What games have you used to reinforce math concepts in your classroom? Share in the comments below!

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