Student buy-in was high this week when
I explained that ALL week we were not going to touch a pencil in math. (Note –
I *might* have fibbed…as my friends did
exit slips – but shhhhh! They had so much fun that my firsties never called
me on it.).
practicing mental strategies with. workbook.
pages. – shut the front door.
Re-read that sentences. Practicing mental strategies with a workbook
page…..I KNOW! Crazy talk. So, I whipped
up a series of games that we used
strategies (1) Doubles (2) Doubles Plus 1 (3) Making Ten (4) Ten More/Less.
Here is what our pencil-less week looked like.
Top-It: In partners, students play a
game of traditional War/Top-It. The value of each card is the missing number.
Students must quickly figure the missing number and compare it to the value of
their opponent’s card. . The flipped card with the highest value wins all the
cards. The winner is the first player with all the cards in his/her hand.
More/Less Tic Tac Toe: Students place
nine cards face down on the tic-tac-toe board. To play, a student will flip a
card and answer the question. If the student answers correctly, she/he can
claim that space. If the student is incorrect, the card is placed back into the
deck and a new card is placed face down on the space. (Note – I place the
playing board in a sheet protector and include a dry-erase marker for each
group. That way students can easily record their spaces and I do not have to
print new boards every time we play!)
Plus 1: In groups, students take
turn rolling a dice. After rolling, students double their roll and add one.
Students will move that number of spaces and mark their new space on the 120s
chart. The first player to reach 120 wins! (Oops – I forgot to take pictures of it in action. Sorry, friends!)
math. In fact, so engaged that my surprise visit by the principal even went
super well! 🙂 Plus, all week friends told me math was their favorite part of
the day – woohoo!
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FYI – When I printed all of these game cards, I did invest and print each
set on different color paper and I am SO glad I did. They were so much easier
to organize, distribute, and clean-up. Although finding 11 different colors of
paper is a pain initially, it is completely worth the effort!
pencil-less math. Thanks so much for Teaching Blog Addicts for hosting! For me, I am off to nap. 🙂
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