Saturday, July 7, 2012

Math Computation Practice

In one of my recent guest posts, I wrote about the value of playing games in Math and how games were a great tool for building strategies for mathematical computation. Encouraging kids to play games is not a difficult task, and a child's natural curiosity and competitive spirit keeps them focused on the task and their interest high. If you want to check out the post, visit A Differentiated Kindergarten. Marsha will be glad you stopped by.

The beauty of playing games in math is that everyone loves to play them. When students get to play games over and over, they begin to think critically about strategies that help them win. And when those strategies involve mathematical computations, it is win-win for both students and teachers.  My students always enjoyed Math Workshop when I included a regular rotation of their favorite math games.
One of the games I frequently used was Four in a Row. It's an old favorite of mine and one that my students really enjoyed playing. I created a Four in a Row game package that includes a set of 10 different gameboards. They focus on number recognition, counting up, counting down, skip counting, and addition & subtraction. They provide great practice for students and only require a couple of dot cubes and some counters (aka: dice & chips). 

These games are super easy to make, manage, and store. You simply print and laminate them and they are ready to use! You can find them here for just $2.00 for all 10 gameboards! If you want to try a few of these games out before you buy, you can download a free preview which includes three games to get you started.

If you do not regularly include games as part of your math curriculum, you should give them a try. You will be amazed at the student gains. In fact, you are likely to see greater enthusiasm for math (which is always good) and fewer behavioral problems during small group time (which is also always good)! Thanks for reading along and keep on teaching the math!


  1. Hi- I am your newest follower! I found you over at Top Teachers on Facebook. I just downloaded the preview of your math games and I will give it a look tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this...I just created my first product for TpT but I am still tweaking it. You can download a preview over at my blog. Here is the link.


  2. Thanks for following me Patti! I'm headed over to check out your blog now! :)

  3. Thanks Tammy! Glad you found my blog. I will be sure to check yours out too! :)

  4. Penny nice blog and good content on Math. Sure to be interesting. I love math game and am trying to get my 6 year old into Math. I also run a math blog with printable worksheets. Actually this is how i team my kid Math :-). Hope to see more gaming activities. Please check out my blog when you get a chance.


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