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Showing posts with label math activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math activities. Show all posts

## Well, I have the answer: games!

Brain research proves that getting the emotions involved helps the memory. (Think back to those very emotional times of your own life... they bring back strong memories, don't they? Think: weddings, babies, holidays)

It's also important that children spend some time in conversation. Brain research proves that, and as classroom teachers, we know we need to let them talk... sometimes!

For those reasons, I make sure my kids play plenty of math games. There are so many math skills that need to be repeated to be strengthened, and games can be played again and again!

The game above is one my students have played for more than 20 years. The kids love it, and it's a great way to practice 2 digit addition, with a little bit of luck and strategy involved.

Here's another Math Game. I made the above game one summer when I was helping out my friend with his golf camp and got inspired. (Some teachers just can't let go, can we?)

This one is easy, fun, and has lots of variations!

This one is perfect for those kiddos that need to move!

Here's a reminder of all those facts children need to learn! Hopefully, these games will help them learn these!

Over the years, as I've been blogging, I keep coming back to games. Here are a few other posts that might interest you about games:

Want a little something digital?

Here are a couple of posts specific to learning math facts:

### Making Addition and Subtraction Facts Stick

For those all-important math facts, try these fluency systems:

## I really like to find ways to celebrate all those special days, but it's not easy to squeeze everything in.

Mardi Gras is just about fun, and it's at a time of the year when the children really need something to lift their spirits, so I find a way to squeeze it in... by having the Mardi Gras theme overlap what I need to teach anyway!  Like Math!

Well, for one, I thought I'd squeeze a little Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day into math time with these math problems:

Here's another fun way to "squeeze in" Mardi Gras without losing time developing important skills: Mardi Gras No Prep Printables! These practice important skills, but have a Mardi Gras theme. These are great if you are going to be out for the day or are so busy you don't have time to plan!

But first, I'll read them a book on Mardi Gras and let them make some masks on Monday. (That way, the math problems will make a whole lot more sense on Tuesday!)