Math can be fun! Playing games has changed our math routine!
This week I've been furiously working to set up my Math Games Galore. Our school uses Everyday Math. One drawback is the pacing of the lessons. Some will take minutes to complete, while others will take forever! Also, because so much of the program is independent, kids finish at different times, thus creating a huge gap between starting our next subject! This has created a huge discrepancy in the lesson times.
I've struggled the past two years since our adoption to find quality activities to “fill this gap.” Recently, I've seen some awesome ideas floating around Pinterest and other blogs. So, I thought I'd set aside some time to create my very own version of math stations!
First and foremost, I wanted to make the games completely self-sufficient for the students so that I can focus on those who still need help with the day's lesson. I purchased four Sterilite stackable drawers at CVS for around $12 each. This way, I can put all supplies for the game inside and the students can simply slide the drawer out for whichever game they choose to play with their partner.
I labeled each drawer with the title of the game, as well as a graphic for the type of game it is (dice, cards, etc.). My plan is to switch up the games pretty frequently, so I affixed velcro to the drawer and the back of the cards for a quick change-up solution.
I LOVE this new system and am so excited to see how it works throughout the year! After dedicating one math period to learning the procedures (and rules for each game), I've built up some excitement (and incentive) to finish up their lessons.
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I also mix up the math games A LOT during the year so the kids don't get bored! You can check out some of our favorite games in these easy Print & Play Math Games! Super simple prep to reinforce super important skills!
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Do you have any fun games for first grade your kids can't live without?