Let's play SCOOT ! SCOOT is a great game to get your kids moving but still practicing math facts and for that matter any other concepts. Key is to have task cards. You can play 'scoot' with any subject or skill. Rules for scoot are: make task cards. Make as many cards as you have students. Number the task cards. Place each task card on the desks. Each student has a recording sheet. Download a FREE recording sheet from my FREEBIE page. Place cards on desks in order. I say numbers out loud so students can see and hear the numbered task cards being placed on the desks. You will need a desk bell or some sort of signal to have the kids move from one desk to the other. You can even just say "SCOOT"! How easy! Students go around the room solving the math fact task cards; when bell rings they go to next desk.
Watch your students as they move from desk to desk and give them enough time to solve the problem. All chairs are pushed in! All students are standing; ready to move to solve the next problem.... and your students will love when they return back to their own seat when game has ended.
Under the Bowl Game - for Primary Grades
All you need are unifix cubes and plastic bowls (cool whip bowls work well). This game is a classic from "Math Their Way" Each student has 10 unifix cubes. Put some under the bowl. How many are on top? How many are under the bowl? Children record the numbers to add combinations of 10. Learning to write number sentences..... working with manipulatives... counting to 10 ..... seeing the combinations! Go to my FREEBIE page to get recording sheets for this math game.
Math Resources, Ideas, and Handouts
Here are some math websites to share with your students
Here are some Math resources for the primary age students. Allow students to use manipulatives to gain understanding of the concepts you are teaching. Great tools are unifix cubes, pattern blocks, hundreds-tens-ones blocks, dominoes, cuisenaire rods, buttons, lids, and various items to count. Remember their age and development stage; reread Piaget and the greats to confirm your choice of allowing children to use manipulatives to understand counting, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
There are many simple things you can do to help your students understand a concept... for example, use masking tape to divide their desk in half, right down the middle, left side is their 'holding space', right side is their 'working space'. Give each student one hundred unifix cubes assembled into ten long. Now give them directions to manipulate the cubes i.e. 'show me 30' - students place 3 tens on their working space, divide 30 into 6 equal groups, thus they see 30 divided by 6 = 5. The possibilities are endless. Use recording sheets to show work. You could keep them busy all year with unifix cubes.