Mega–Fun Math Games and Puzzles for the Elementary Grades
125 Ready–to–Use Activities That Teach Math Facts, Concepts, and Thinking Skills
This hands–on resource is an educational and fun–filled collection of games and puzzles that help teach basic math skills to students in grades 1–5. Correlated to the national math standards, the games and puzzles will help even the most reluctant students become comfortable with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fractions, inequalities, multiples, and factors.
Using nothing more than paper and pencil, playing cards, coins, dice, and other easy to find items, parents and teachers can help kids learn and practice math the fun way. Mega–Fun Math Games and Puzzles for the Elementary Grades is designed to help
- Build basic math skills
- Engage students with different learning styles
- Hone problem–solving skills
- Develop coordination, memory, communication, and social skills
- Meet standards requirements in math
- Fill down time in the classroom
In addition the book is filled with illustrative examples and contains easily reproducible pages. Now any child can become a math fan, playing the book′s dynamic games and solving the challenging puzzles.
PRAISE FOR MEGA–FUN MATH GAMES AND PUZZLES FOR THE ELEMENTARY GRADES
"Finally a fantastic collection of timeless math games and puzzles that can be used in a differentiated class, a math center, or even a math enrichment program."
SUSAN BIGHAM, first grade teacher, James Fitzgerald School, Waltham, Massachusetts
"Students in my methods classes found the rich activities in this book the most useful resource presented to them in the course. Pre–service teachers used the activities as part of their lessons, to maintain skills, and as math centers in the classroom. One of the nicest features of the activities is that they require minimal resources and preparation time. No elementary mathematics teacher can afford to be without this magnificent resource in their professional collection!
PAMELA A. HALPERN, PhD., Associate Professor, Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts.
"Michael Schiro′s Megafun Math Games and Puzzles for the Elementary Grades stands apart in thanks to its unique pedagogical framework for game and puzzle use in the classroom! The "why" and the connections to the NCTM Standards are as important and useful as the print–ready classroom activities."
SUZANNE ALEJANDRE, Director of Professional Development, The Math Forum, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mathematics Games and Puzzles: Why Use Them?
Mathematics Content and Process Standards.
Part One: Math Skill Development Games.
1. Paper–and–Pencil Games.
Capture the Fort.
Ask and Give.
2. Egg Carton Games.
More or Less.
Divide and Move.
3. Cube Games.
Off the Board.
What s Up?
Roll n Add.
4. Tongue Depressor Games.
Right On ...............................................89
5. Card Games.
What s Next?
Geo 20 Questions.
6. Board Games.
The Great Trading Game.
0 to 99 Guess.
In the Basket.
Race to the Nineties.
Down the Tubes.
Drop the Die on the Donkey.
Off the Grid.
7. Physical Education Games.
Jump the Answer.
Simon Says Math.
Bean Bag Toss.
Part Two: Problem– Solving Mathematics Puzzles.
8. Number Puzzles.
Magic Circles and Squares.
Hundreds Chart Problems and Puzzles.
Hundreds Chart Explorations.
9. Algebra and Logic Puzzles.
Mathematical Magic Tricks.
Pockets Full of Pennies.
More Pockets, More Pennies.
More Magical Math!
10. Geometry Puzzles.
Line Designs and Shape Designs.
Triangle Trouble and the Magic Tile.
Line Designs: From Straight to Curved.
Shape Designs: From Straight to Curved.
The Magic Tile.
11. Transformational Geometry.
Crayon Digits and Crayon
12. Modular Arithmetic Games.
Mathematical Structure and Strategy.
Modular Arithmetic Games for Two Players.
Dicey Count Up.
Run the Track.
13. Network Puzzles.
History of Network Theory.
I ll Cross That Bridge When I Get to It.
More Bridge Crossing Puzzles.
Line Crossing Puzzles.
14. Topology Puzzles.
Solutions and Issues Related to Solving Problems.
MICHAEL S. SCHIRO, Ed.D. is an associate professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He′s written numerous articles and many books on teaching and learning math and is a frequent presenter at regional and national math teacher conferences.