More Great Math Games
Here is a great site for math games. I like the interactivity and the fact that they use different models and strategies in the games. Watch the videos for each game to understand how they work. For example, in the alligator subtraction game, the students see a fact like 8+9 and then they are encouraged to think 9+9 and take away 1. They do this by looking inside the alligator’s mouth and then pulling a tooth. They have a bunch of games that use the open number line as well. For example, in the Catapult Castle, students have to figure out how many to the next ten and then adjust the target by pulling on a line that moves that many. They also have the beadstring for teaching various number facts. This is an interactive model for teaching “the dolch words of math” – illustrating facts through 20. They give you the choice of one or two strings. Try out the games. Let me know how you are using them.
Sometimes, for a guided math group, I will sit with the students at the computer center and have them play the games and talk about what they are doing. I can see them use virtual models, question them about the strategies and models they are using and really bring out “the math” in the game.