This post is all about some of my favorite math games to play with my students!

Garbage (2 players)

I loved to play this ten frame game with my Kinder and 1st grade students! Simply have each player lay 10 cards face-down in the format of a ten frame and leave the remaining cards in a stack in the middle. Remove all the face cards. The aces count as ones. The first student would draw a card from the deck. The card would replace the face-down card in its corresponding spot on the ten frame, and the card that was removed can either be placed in its spot or, if not needed, placed in the “garbage” pile. The next player can use the discarded card if needed, or draw another card from the excess pile. Play continues until one player has filled up his/her ten frame.

Greedy Pig

Choose a “knockout” number for each round. Begin by rolling dice (1 or 2 depending on how difficult you want the game). As you roll dice, students record their numbers. They stay standing as long as they want to stay in the game; they sit when they think they have gone far enough. If you roll the “knockout” number, they lose all their points for that round if they are still standing. Once students sit, their points are safe. Students add their points up at the end to determine the winner.

Number Necklace

All the credit for this one goes to a 4th grade teacher at my school! She told me about this and I have been using it to develop number sense with my Tier 2/3 students. I give students an index card necklace with a number on it. We practice basic tasks such as:

• If you have an even number, sit down
• If your number has more than 4 tens, do 2 jumping jacks
• Find a partner- find the sum/difference/product of your numbers.
• If you can take 16 away from your number, clap twice.