Mastering the Games and secret codes help kids learn math skills.
Math Fact Pairs
Encourage your students to pair up math facts and their answers with this fun floor game. To make the game: Trace a pair of shoes for your pattern, duplicate on thick paper, and then cut out. On each left shoe print, record a math fact, for example 2 + 8. On the right shoe print, record the answer, i.e. 10. To play, students lay all the right shoe prints on the floor, and then pair the equations with their answers. It is an active way to practice quick math skills Adapted from an idea by Sr. Samuella, O.P., Holy Rosary School, Duluth, MN
Beat the Calculator
Propose a calculator race! Read to your class the legend of John Henry, the folk hero who put his muscle up against the might of the steam engine. Tell them you have a modern challenge. In pairs, students go head-to-head, one with a calculator, and the other with his or her wits and grit! You call out the problem, and they race to compute the answer. The idea is not to encourage your students to be anti-technology, but to foster pride in themselves and what they know.