Let’s talk about playing games in class… math games that is! Now, I’m not a HUGE game-player in real life. I don’t like to lose but I don’t want my friends to lose either. It’s a struggle #ohtheproblems. But, it doesn’t matter who the student is, they all seem to love playing games in class. Is it a calm and peaceful time in Room 43? Absolutely not! Do I tend to lose my mind during each and every game… you betcha! But, I have found that my students are much more engaged while playing a game than they are during any other part of our day.
This week we have already learned lots of new subtraction games. Pretty much any of these could also be turned into an addition game. Here’s what we’ve been up to… and, they don’t require any printable, freebie, or unit! You just need the things you already have laying around 🙂
Playing games has been a lot of fun, but we’ve also been hard at work learning our Subtraction Strategies. My students made their very first Pocket Book today. One little girl said, “This is really cool!” It’s kinda fun making your own little folder 🙂
And, since my students reacted so well to all the sharing we did last week, we have kept that going this week. My students are using the “My Subtraction Booklet” to solve word problems. I have 2 students share their strategies after everyone has had a chance to complete their work 🙂
We’ve also used the mini-signs from my Subtraction unit to help guide our reflections each day. That’s been a HUGE help! Some days my students write an example of that strategy, other days they explain the strategy using sentences.
Do you have any fun games for subtraction? I’d love to hear below! I’m also looking for new ideas 🙂