A Game is Worth a 1000 sheets

Posted on June 14, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |


I was inspired by a blogpost  that talked about the traditional game of war being worth a 1000 worksheets.  Visit this post on that site!(http://letsplaymath.net/2006/12/29/the-game-that-is-worth-1000-worksheets/).  This idea totally resonated with me because I believe that not only the game of war, but various games that we play in the classroom can help students get excited about learning and want to stay engaged in purposeful practice for long periods of time.  I think that cards, dice and dominos are the keys to the mathematical practice kingdom. Spinners are also great.  All of these number generators give students the base of what they need to explore the basic arithmetic facts.  Gameboards also can provide another space for active engagement. 

Resources:

http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/math/number_families/main/gameboard.html

http://boardgames.lovetoknow.com/Board_Game_Ideas_for_Math

http://classroom-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/diy_math_board_game_for_kids

Articles:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/chat/chat256.shtml

http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/middle-school-math-science/2008/10/27/lets-talk-teaching-games-in-math-class/

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