Workshop Wednesday: Math Games Revisited - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Math Games Revisited

Welcome to Workshop Wednesday! Today, we are sharing our favorite math games we use in the classroom. Math games are so great because the kids WANT to do math when it's fun!

The game I'm going to share with you today can be found as a freebie in my store! Click below to download it!
We are working on division strategies now, so I taught them this game this week. It's great to teach them to understand remainders, as well as work on divisibility rules! We played as a class first - me against the class.

The students are given a starting number, then the goal is to choose a divisor that is NOT going to divide evenly. They want to have leftovers, or remainders, because those are their points. So, for example, you see I chose to divide 42 by 4 because I knew 4x10 was 40, so there would be a remainder of 2.

In past years when I've played this, my kids have done great playing it with just what they know... but my class this year is very different than other years, so I decided to change it up a little this year. This year, I had my students use unifix cubes to make their "groups" so they could actually see what they were dividing, as well as see what their "leftovers" were. Those leftover cubes became how they counted points instead of keeping a running tally, as I suggested on the directions page.
I encouraged the students to make "groups of" the number they were dividing by and then counting the number of equal groups they made. 

If you are interested in more activities for teaching division, check out my Common Core Aligned 4th Grade Division Unit!

What games do you love to teach your students for math? Please share! Remember, when you link up, please link to blog posts- not direct store links please! Feel free to share about how you use your products in the classroom in your post though, and link to those products in your post if you'd like! :o)


  1. I am looking forward to using that game with my kiddos when we start our division unit in a few weeks! I am sure they are going to love it.

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  2. This game looks awesome! Can't wait to use it for division practice, especially to challenge my higher ones. Thanks for sharing and hosting a great linky.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  3. What a great game - I have to go and get a copy and then remember to file it away properly for January! Thanks for the great game and hosting!

  4. Looks like a fun game!!! Can't wait to try it when we get to division! Thanks!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Wish I taught math so I could link up.. (actually, I don't wish I taught math.. LOL!) But I am definitely showing my teammate this amazing pack! I know she'll love it :)


  6. Being a closet 3rd grade teacher (moved to ELA 6 and loving it but a 3rd grade teacher at heart) I forwarded this post to a teacher down the hall. She and her class loved it. Great idea and terrific post. Thanks!
    Joanne M
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  7. Great ideas in math everyone! I will send my partner here to check them out. She teaches math and science. I am the Language Arts / SS fanatic. Love love!


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