I've been busy lately and haven't had a chance to write blog posts other than my Tech Tip Tuesdays. I hope to have a little bit more time now that my house is clean and my report cards are done! If you've been following my blog since October, you know that I had a flood in my basement and had to deal with that for many months. The repairs were finished right before Christmas, but it has taken awhile to get the house back to normal. So many items were temporarily stored in other rooms in my house which made it difficult. I used my snow days last week to finish up a lot of cleaning. Good thing because we're hosting a party to show off the basement next weekend.
Before I get to the reason for this post, I want to mention what happened in my hometown yesterday. There was a shooting in the mall where I grew up. The mall is also less than 5 minutes from my school. My first thoughts were hoping my students were safe. Hoping none of them were involved. After hearing who the victims were, my thoughts changed to hoping my students weren't at the mall at the time of the shooting. No one needs to go through what happened yesterday, but especially children - my students. The shooter killed 2 mall employees - a female 21 year old and a male 25 year old before killing himself. We are all anxious to hear about a motive for the shooting, but that doesn't matter. My heart breaks for everyone involved.
Now on to why I'm writing this post. I learned about a math game to help my students with their facts. During third quarter, my students are expected to master the near doubles strategy. They are supposed to use their doubles facts to help them solve problems. For example, 5+6. They need to use 5+5=10 so 5+5+1=11. That needs to translate to 5+6=11. I typed up directions for the game and created a recording sheet. We didn't use the recording sheet because I thought they could do it just as easily in their journals. My students LOVED it! I was so happy. My 2 students who are struggling with math actually understood! They were able to solve the problems using the strategy instead of counting on their fingers! I was so excited. It was also funny to hear them yelling double down. It was wonderful! I just had to share it with my blog readers.
Here are the directions for the game and the recording sheet.
When we played, I had 16 students in class. This worked out perfectly for rotating partners. I had 4 tables of 4 students. I paired them up with a partner and let them play for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the students added their sums. The partner with the highest total was the winner. He/she became partners with the winner of the other pair at the table. The non-winners (I didn't call them losers) paired up and played another round. I continued this until math was over. We had a short math period this day, so the students really only played for about 25 minutes or so. They were engaged the whole time and were so sad when they had to clean up. As they left math, they were asking me when they'd get to play again. I love when I find a game that works and they love.
Here is a picture of how they recorded in their journals instead of on the recording sheet.
If you would like to download this game, click here. I would love to hear the reaction of your students. Let me know if they love it as much as my students do!
Thank you for reading and being a loyal follower! I hope to have much more to share with you in the near future.
What games do you like to play with your students in math? If you have a link to a product (free or paid) please share it with us!