My first grade students LOVE playing math games and so do I! It is a great way for my kids to practice fluency with the skills we have just learned. I also love playing games for the social skills aspect:
- Who goes first?
- Taking turns
- Playing Fairly
- Working together
- Being a respectful winner
- Being a sore loser
All that fun in these simple and easy games!
I made these games with ease in mind, so they are all black and white and can be used with dice, blocks, crayons, a paper clip and pencils. I wanted them to be easy to prep, easy to play, and easy for students to set up on their own. Many of the games follow the same type of rules and patterns so once my class learns one game, they can quickly learn a new one and play with their partner.
I generally use these type of math games during our "math tubs" time. I use math workshop so our math block looks like this:
Math Warm up (5 mins)
Focus lesson (10 mins)
Math tubs (20-30 minutes)
Closing and review (2-3 minutes)
During our math tubs is when I pull small groups for intervention or enrichment on what we are learning. If I find that fluency within a skill is a problem with a few of my students I will pull out a quick print and play game and guide my students as they play.
I have made 6 different games for each of the following skills:
Measurement and Data
You can also try one of my number sense games for FREE by clicking below and downloading the preview (the game and instructions are at the end!)
To see all the games, just click the image above!