August 2016 - Thank God It's First Grade!

Math Games for the Whole Year!

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:
Number Sense
Place Value
Telling Time
2D/3D Shapes
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!

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Measurement and Time Print & Play Games!

Measurement and time are usually short lived in my room! That is unfortunate, but it is true. We spend a LOT of time on number sense, addition, subtraction, and place value that I feel like these three first grade standards get short-changed:

1. Nonstandard measurement and comparing/ordering of lengths

2. Telling Time to the half hour
3. Collecting and analyzing data

While I like to make those units as hands on and FUN as possible, they each only last about one week. I think these print and play games will be the perfect way to spiral these skills throughout the whole year instead of just during those 3, short weeks!

I wanted to share a few of the games I recently created for these units.

 Here is a measurement game that has students spinning and collecting cubes. After they spin 5 times they compare their stacked towers to see whose is longer and by how much. While this game is pretty simple, it has students practicing that ever-so-important question, HOW MANY MORE...... 

This is a fun nonstandard measurement game that lets students practice measuring common classroom items with cubes. There are 2 different sheets and students simply roll 2 dice, find the sum, and see what they are going to measure! As always, they record their findings and compare lengths.

For time I have a few fun games as well:
 In Around the Clock, students take turns moving their cubes around the clock and read digital times to find the matching analog clock in the middle. Once all the clocks are colored in, they see who colored in the most!

In this game students are racing to fill in their clock grids. Students once again read the digital time as they move through the game, but this time they must draw that time on a blank analog clock!

As in all of my Print, Play, LEARN math games there are 6 different black and white games for each skill. You can see them ALL by clicking the image below:


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