Sparking Student Motivation: Math Games - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sparking Student Motivation: Math Games

Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the first day of your 3-day-weekend if you live in the US! :o)
My BBB Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching hosts this fabulous linky every Saturday! Today, I want to share about a great way to keep kids motivated in Math Workshop: Math Games! My kids get so excited when I tell them I'm going to teach them a new game. Little do they know, they are practicing math while they play! Muahahahaha! :-P Most games I teach them need very little prep- some don't even need a gameboard! If you've got some dice and some playing cards, you're set.
I have quite a few games for free in my TPT store, and even more offered in my Common Core Aligned Math Units! As always, I would appreciate feedback if you download the freebies! :o)

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  1. I love when we TRICK them with learning games! heehee They're very motivated to learn when you say, "We're going to play a game today!" How long is your math block? I feel like I always need more time for math (especially in the beginning of the year when everything takes so long!) Thanks for linking up and sharing friend!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I agree 100% about the games! I am actually happy that I can still teach math a little this year (AIS for the students who are not on target). Then, I can pull out my trusty math games and they will think it is almost like free time! :) I love your rug too. I desperately need a new one!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Basic math games are a huge life saver for me in math. It is what gives me time to work with my really weak, or really strong kiddos! I love the games you have in your math units. I've already copied stuff from your place value unit for my kiddos to use next week!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  4. I love it when the kids enjoy the math games so much that they ask to play them during inside recess!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I'm with Jennifer. I love when my kids ask to play math games during Free Choice time. It makes me smile!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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