For many students, maths can be overwhelming and stressful, but there are many ways teachers can make maths class more welcoming.
One of such is to infuse maths games into math classes. This will make maths classes seem less draining and more exciting for students.
The following are 3 maths games that can be done in very little time:
This is a fun, quick and very easy way to help students learn multiples. Students will have to stand and be arranged in any order so long as the students understand, but it is advisable to arrange them in rows or circle for easy simulation.
Once they are arranged, you can then begin the game by selecting what multiple you want the round to go.
For instance, if the round is to go in multiples of 3, the first student then says 1, then the next student says 2, then the third student has to say “buzz” instead of 3 since that’s a multiple of 3 and so on.
Students will have to pay attention not to miss their round, but they do, then they sit and let the others continue until there are winners. This will help increase concentration and help the class flow.
Teachers can decide to go for more complex multiples if they want to scale up the difficulty.
What Number Am I?
This game is a great way to enhance fact fluency and math vocabulary in students. To play, select one student who will come to the front of the class, backing the board.
On the board, you will then write a number such that the student cannot see what it is.
Other students will then give the player clues him or her can use to guess the number. Students will have to raise their hands and, can give one math fact as a clue when called upon.
If the player guesses the number correctly, they pick the next player to come to the board, but if they don’t guess it correctly then they can keep calling on different students for other clues.
This game enables students to engage in a competition while they work on a given fluency practice. To play, the class should be split into two teams a representative from each team will be selected to start.
You can bring two chairs to the front of the room so the participants are in front of the board when they play.
Post a math fact on the board and the first student to answer wins a point for their team. The teams will be on rotation so that each team member gets an opportunity to compete.
You can use an online fact generator in order to quickly get math facts for a given operation and number range. You can also choose to make your own slideshow if you want facts around a specific topic.
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