Fun, Easy Games to Review Math Facts
I've been thinking a long time about how to create some basic games that would be fun, engaging, and inexpensive. I wanted them to be easy to pop into my center routine.
I finally came up with two (genius) ideas: Oops! and Jump!
Oops! is a card game and Jump! is a board game, but they both allow me to easily switch out content for any topic AND neither game has an ending. In Oops!, the winner is determined by who has the most cards at the end. In Jump! the winner is whoever is farthest ahead on the board.
I'm still creating card sets for both games that will align with Common Core standards in math. I hope to expand beyond math in the future. If I don't currently have a set of cards available that you would like, just leave me a comment and I'll get started on it for you!
I’ve added links to the addition and subtraction combo set and the multiplication and division combo set (see images above and below), but all of the games are available individually at my Teachers Pay Teachers store as well.
In addition to these two games, I have my students working on several other math fact options. First, I introduce Addition and Multiplication War, which is a simple game using only a regular set of playing cards (with the face cards taken out). Each player flips over two cards at once and either adds or multiplies them together. The player with the higher sum or product gets to keep all four cards. The game continues until they run out of cards and start over.
I also use online games and resources from a variety of websites to keep my kids engaged in other ways. My kids like games from:
Finally, my students are held accountable for all this “free time” by using the quizzes available on www.coolmath4kids.com/quizzes. Whenever they think they are fluent on a specific math fact, they go and take a quiz here. That is my way of touching base with them when I’m focused on other topics in class. They have to show me they’ve passed with 90% accuracy in less than 4 seconds per question. A super simple tracker keeps track of where they are with their math fact learning throughout the year.
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