Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why Math Games are Important

Brain Games and Teasers

I love math.


I really do!

I often think in numbers (every time I walk up stairs, I count them) but I come across it honestly.

For example, my dad once told me he was counting how many pages I read per minute on our bus trip down to Texas. We also use to play a game in the car of guessing exactly what time we'd be pulling into the driveway (of course, we'd wait for dad to pick first before guessing around him! haha).  Or how about the memorization game of 2+2=4, 4+4=8, 8+8=16... until you just couldn't remember anymore!

Yup, we were that family, we were math nerds.

But being math nerds taught me something, it taught me to understand numbers. Really understand them.  It taught me that they are everywhere and they are not scary.

Unfortunately, in our classrooms (or at least in mine), students are often afraid of math.  If they don't get it, they don't understand numbers, then they start hating math.  And by hating math, they stop trying to understand math, and the cycle continues.  And this cycle has to be broken!

And I have the secret to help break this cycle : become math nerds and play games.  Play those weird math games.  Have competitions as to how many seconds until the lunch bell, or how many steps to the bathroom.

In my classroom, while we were playing a math game, I realized it was time to wrap up and head to the gym for Phys Ed.  I actually had students whine that they didn't want to stop!  They never whine about stopping what we're doing for Phys Ed!  It was such a fantastic moment!  Oh, and the game?  Multiplication War with playing cards.  Exactly like War, but instead of having the highest card wins, the first person to say the multiplication sum wins (for example :  I lay a queen (12) and you lay a 3, if I say 36 before you, then I get both cards added to my deck).  Yup, they were practicing their multiplication table and that won over Phys Ed!

Find more math card games here

This is why, in my Teachers pay Teachers store, you will find various Math games.  I find them too important in the classroom to do without!  I make Bingo Games (always fun), task cards (although not technically games, students love using them since they're interactive) and I have, Who Has math games.

My latest Bingo Game, Place Value Bingo, was just added to my TpT store tonight, and as always, it will be 50% off for the next 24 hours only!  Right now, I only have up to ten-thousand, but am working on the hundred-thousand Bingo Game.

Place Value Bingo Game

I hope you start having fun with math in your classroom.  I'd love to hear about any math games that you play with your students!

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