Category: learn math playing games

Help Your Child Learn Math Easily

To ensure that you child is learning math as easily as possible, it’s a good idea to have them do some games to reinforce their learning. With the technology available today, this should be nice and easy for you to do as both a parent and as an educator. Check out this article I just read on GoArticles.com by Emily Smith

Encourage Adaptive Learning Through Effective Tools Like Maths Games

Educators are constantly striving to find appropriate tools that make the classroom learning easy and enjoyable. An effective way of learning must encourage students to learn at their own pace and in their own ways. Adaptive learning is based on a similar idea and is a good way for teachers to support their student’s efforts in learning complex and challenging topics. The Maths Games are one such tool for adaptive learning. These tools are online tools that are helpful for students in managing their needs of common core state standards in mathematics. They constantly assess the student’s progress and give tasks based on the assessment results.

Why adaptive learning?

Researchers learned that to get successful results, the instructions must be adjusted to the student’s requirement and learning style. The emphasis should be given to all types of students, which means instead of concentrating only on capable students the teacher in the standard based system should assess the progress of every student and tune the instruction accordingly. This idea is the best way for each student to achieve success and is known as adaptive learning. According to researchers, there is no tool or system which can replace a well trained educator as they carefully give attention and intervene in the student’s math learning process and know whether they are going in right way or not. Whenever needed they give instructions, to make the student understand the concepts thoroughly and master it for proceeding to the next level.

Some standards such as common core state standards are helpful in providing framework for the adaptive learning and teachers are responsible for interpreting these things to the students. Further, the teacher must offer suitable learning activities – for that, they have to understand the student’s way of learning math and where are they facing the problem, so that a solution can be found. But to provide help the teacher has to be accustomed to using technology, for reinforcing the concepts already taught in the class.

Benefits of online educative game

With some high-quality educative games the teachers can give feedback and identify the problematic topics that are troubling the students. In this way they can also help the student in tackling the difficult concepts and simultaneously let them know an easy way to deal with it. The benefit of online Math Games is that the student can continue their math practice at home and learn or strengthen some important concepts to proceed to the next level when they go back to the classroom. These games are a great way to develop confidence in basic mathematical processes, which is crucial for learning advanced mathematics. However, to get fluency the student has to practice various ways to master simple mathematical operations. Math Games can facilitate in mastering the concepts, keeps students engrossed in solving exciting tasks and at the same time makes the process adventurous.

About the Author

Emily Smith is Marketing Executive for Free World Group. Here at Free World Group we provide online
Math Games to improve whole class math teaching, together with fun Online Games to enjoy at home.

 
If you’d like to check out some of the games we previously recommended, check out these posts: math games
 
Have a great day!
 

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Make It Easy For Your Child To Learn Math

You can help your child learn math and even make it easier for them if you use the right tools.

The article below will give you some suggestions on how to do this. Check it out and see if it helps you with your child.

Math is a very important subject for everyone to master. Mathematics is used in every area of life – in the home, on the job, and even in recreation.

The problem is that some people just don’t understand the concepts. This can be caused by different factors. Sometimes a child in school does not grasp the basic functions because of attention or classroom problems. This causes them to experience problems as each year new and more advanced tasks are added to their work.

Another thing that causes problems in math is that some people just aren’t as good at it as others. But for your child’s sake, you should take every measure you can find to improve their math skills. It will help them in the future to be able to function on the job and in the home.

Make Math Enjoyable

Math is learned through repetition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it. You can help your child become better at math by spending a few minutes a day working with them. Spending time with your child can strengthen your relationship and give you quality time together as well as help them academically.

There are software programs for the child to use themselves or worksheets to use for one-on-one tutoring. You can find programs that help tutor in the basics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

After the basic functions have been mastered, you can find programs to help with more advanced operations. These topics would include decimals, fractions, percents, ratio, rounding, prime numbers, geometry and more. With exercises, tips and strategies, your child’s confidence and performance will grow.

Use a Variety of Math Exercises

Some tuition programs include math quizzes, puzzles, and challenges to develop mental sharpness. Presenting math topics in challenging and creative ways makes it more interesting and helps the child not to be discouraged.

You can enrich your child’s learning and help him advance at his own pace so he masters each subject. There are courses offered online that will grade and give advice as your child works through their program. You will find software programs set up as games that guide a child through different mathematical tasks. There are online sites that teach math through sports and other subjects that are interesting to children and teens.

Begin Working Now

Before you decide what software or worksheets to order, you can have your child take an online evaluation test. This will show you what their weaknesses and strengths are in math. Then you will know what areas to concentrate on to effectively improve their math skills.

Don’t delay in helping your children learn math. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for them to catch up on what they missed. Have a positive attitude and patience to help them enjoy their math work. Find a good program that is tailored to their needs. Then be consistent in working with them or encouraging them to work. You will be pleased at the good results, and your child will reap the benefits from your help for the rest of their life.

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web. Learn more about Improve Your Child’s Math Skills or Majon’s Education directory.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Chris_Robertson

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/520518

While these suggestions are very basic in nature, with a little imagination and looking back at some of our other posts, you can find many resources to help your child learn math while having fun doing it!

Have a great day!
 
 

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Can Learning Math Really Be Fun?

Quite often, when you mention the word “math”, you’ll get response like “ugh”, “I hate math”, “I’ve never been good at math” and many other negative responses!

It doesn’t have to be that way for most people though. In fact, learning math can be a fun process! (You know Mathnasium’s motto is “we make learning math fun” right?) You may be skeptical about that, so here’s an article where someone else believes that learning math can be a fun process!

Learning Basic Math Facts Can Be Fun… … Really

I know what you are thinking, there’s no way learning basic math facts can be fun. It’s a matter of memorization mostly, but still, it doesn’t have to be boring for you or your child. Utilizing some memory games and incorporating props can be very helpful for children who are initially learning math. Try some of these ideas yourself and you might just be surprised.

Flash cards are a tried and true technique, but how can you make them more fun? Stickers are a great way to show progress. If your child can provide the answer to a given flash card within three seconds, they get to put a sticker on the card. It’s surprising how motivating this is for a child who is struggling with their basic math facts.

Playing games online is another fun way to sharpen one’s skills. There are thousands of sites dedicated to math and many of them are free. Simply find a few that your child likes and rotate through them so your child doesn’t get bored or the site doesn’t become too easy. Some even have timed sections to help your child get faster at answering questions.

Another great option is to play a math memory game. Write the questions and answers on separate index cards and turn them over. You and your child will flip over different cards until you find the match. Your child will enjoy the game and the attention you are giving them and they will learn in the process.

Modifying games is simple and affordable for all parents. All it requires is a little time on your part. Create a shoe box full of homemade math games that your child can pick from on a daily basis. Spend at least 15 minutes a day practicing through these fun techniques and your child will be more confident in math in addition to being able to pass those timed tests.

By: Jocelyn R. Lewiston

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Jocelyn Lewiston is a teacher and writer on various educational topics including learning basic math facts and fun ways to practice spelling words. She is dedicated to making education fun and interesting for all children.

So as you can see, there are others who believe that it can be a fun process to learn math, you just have to think outside the “normal” boundaries.

How about you? Are you now a believer?

Have a great day!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Kakuro – A New Game To Help You Learn Math

At Mathnasium, we believe that learning math should be fun. One of the tools we utilize is to have children play games that will enhance their ability to learn math, so that learning math happens without the game player realizing it! As you get better at math, you’ll want to challenge yourself even more. So as I was looking for some challenging math games, I cam across this article about Kakuro. It sounds very interesting, though I admittedly haven’t tried it yet. Here’s the article:

 

Kakuro: Cross Sums

Trailing the revival and the reign of the sudoku puzzles in 2005, another Western game given a Japanese twist hit the puzzle scene. Kakuro puzzles, formerly known as cross sums, are now making waves as the newest puzzle craze. Bearing similarities in look and style to the more popular sudoku, kakuro puzzles promise to be more challenging and even more addictive than sudoku.

We know how brain and mental workouts enhance mental functions and sudoku has been included among the list of top brain boosters. Rightly so, since sudoku certainly poses quite a challenge to players. But if you think that simply placing numbers on squares in correct logic is challenging enough, try solving kakuro puzzles. They provide added difficulty and challenge of a higher degree since they require logic, cognitive, and practical mathematics. They are sure to provide you with a tougher and grittier mental exercise than the tamer sudoku. Certainly, these puzzles are not for the faint-hearted.

Kakuro puzzles are daunting, but they are not impossible. Enthusiasts emphasize that players need not have exceptional mathematical abilities or a genius like Einstein’s to solve the puzzles. Practical mathematical knowledge is often enough to solve the puzzles as long as players employ effective strategy and logic. Having sufficient grasp and mastery of the puzzle rules make it easy for players like you to use the right tactics. The rules of the puzzles are relatively simple. The “playing board” looks similar to a crossword with white and dark squares. However, there are no clues at the bottom of the box. The numbers on the white spaces are the only clues a you have. Each number represents the sum of the missing numbers in cells or boxes it refers to. Note that same numbers can’t be addends for the same run. For example, if the number in the box is 4, you can use 1 and 3 but not 2 and 2. Though the trial-and-error technique is often used, there are more sophisticated and logical techniques than filling your boxes with erasures and pencil marks.

A popular tactic is to search for cells with least combinations. These are usually the digits on the lower end of the number spectrum like 3, 5, 4, and other single digits. This limits the possible answers or numbers for a specific cell. Applying the same technique for the adjacent cells gives you a shot at the correct figure. Another tactic used in solving kakuro puzzles is looking for common numbers. This happens when two cells share a number. Finding the common number allows you to decide where to position the other number. To illustrate, if 3 and 1 are your answers for the number 4 at the vertical column or run and 1 and 5 for 6 at the horizontal line, 1 is your common number. Therefore, 1 merits the box at the intersection of 6 and 4. Experienced players solve puzzles by finding all possible and valid combinations plus correct cross referencing. Because as in sudoku, the position of the numbers matter in kakuro.

This third trick is probably the most elementary and least sophisticated. Marking answers on the edges of the boxes or cells with a pencil does not help you to solve the puzzles. However, it does help you track down your digits and combinations. This is especially helpful since kakuro puzzles have no definite limits. The “playing board” can measure as little as 3 by 3 or extend to God knows where. Over time, playing becomes easier because of practice. Also, you would have stock combinations in your head which you can use in playing. This is also a sign that you need to ditch the easier puzzles and move on to more challenging kakuro puzzles.

By: John Simon

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Find tips about standard schnauzer puppies, taco terrier and other information at the Small Breed Dogs website.

It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Have any of you readers ever tried this game? I’d be very interested in hearing what you think.
Please post your experience in the comments below.
Have a great day!
 

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Math Games For Toddlers

While we don’t teach toddlers at Mathnasium, you can start your child on their journey towards loving math by providing games that reinforce the basic math concepts and skills.

I was looking around and found the video below talking about a unique set of computer games.

Check it out if you have toddlers at home or you teach them and want to help them learn math more easily.

I think you’ll like what you see!

PC Cool Math Games For Preschool & Much More!
For Purchasing: www.dolphyeducationalgames.com
The upgraded product can be purchased through the above link.
The Dolphy PC Personalized Educational Games Package includes 7 great games that refer to your child by his own name!
The games include a variety of levels and options. They´re suitable for children ages 2-4.
 

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Learn Math In A Fun Way

Learn Math In A Fun Way

Learning math can potentially be very tedious, especially for children. Often classrooms don’t truly help in teaching the skills that your child needs to acquire. If you want your children to develop an interest for math and create a strong foundation for the subject matter, it’s important to start at a young age. You should try making the math homework more fun to do by using fun activities that will help improve your child’s math skills. So, if your little one is complaining andbored with his math homework, you’re at the right place at the right itme!

You can try to make use of the food items or other household items for these activities. Snacks are one of the best ways to help your child master the basic concepts of arithmetic. You can make use of things such as crackers, candies, and other types of snacks. But, before selecting any food items, be sure that you can break it down to small enough parts to help learn the basic concepts of addition and subtraction. With the help of the real food/snack items, children can actually understand what they are doing. It is no longer a random or abstract method.

If you can’t use food items, try to  make use of other items like crayons, pencils, paperclips, and so on. This can be a better option as they are easy to move, without getting messy or being wasted.

It is very important to have the correct approach for a child’s intellectual development. Boys and girls usually like playing games but don’t like the old school teaching. But  the younger age years are the best time to learn. So to aid in a child’s learning, it’s a good idea to join together games and studying. That way your child can have fun with games and at the same time learn something new. Nowadays there are many different color-by-number and action video games, which can be extremely effective in reinforcing the math fundamentals that your child needs to be successful in life.

There are color by number books and e-books created for preschoolers, which will help overcome some problems with the standard learning process. The key benefit of color by number printables is that these materials turn the whole process of learning in to an interactive game. This means that your daughter or son will learn the concepts of math while enjoying various pictures and coloring activities.

Color-by-number pages can be found in a variety of artistic forms. You can pick from different fairy tales characters and/or pets, trucks and so much more. For instance, if your son or daughter adores Winnie the Pooh, you will find plenty of color by number games with Winnie in them.

No matter what profession your child will eventually choose, it will almost certainly involve math in some way. So make sure that they understand and are competent in their math skills by utilizing some of these suggestions now while they are young.

Mathnasium of Cherry Hill   is always happy to help. Please visit us at our website if you have any questions or would like to help your child learn math.

Have a great day!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Math Puzzles and Anxiety

Puzzles can be a great way to overcome your anxiety about math … or not!  Check out this article I read about sudoku and overcoming math anxieties.  What do you think? No more fears of learning math?  🙂

 

Math Puzzles And Conquering Anxiety
 
Ever tried the addictive number puzzle game that is a certified craze worldwide? Sudoku, or Su Doku, is a deceptively game of logic. The rules seem easy. There is a nine-by-nine grid composed of nine three-by-three boxes. Some numbers are already filled in to a few of the 81 squares. The goal is to fill in all the squares so that each row, column and box contains the numbers 1 through 9 only once.
Sudoku has a fascinating history. “Su” means number in Japanese, and “Doku” refers to the single place on the puzzle board that each number can fit into. It also connotes someone who is single. Hence, one way to describe the game is “solitaire with numbers.”

Sometimes Sudoku is misspelled as “soduko” or “sudoko.” Although its name is Japanese, its origins are actually European and American. Unlike many games which spring from one culture and are then absorbed by others, Sudoku’s development represents the best in cross-cultural propagation.

Though this puzzle seems to be very enjoyable for the math savvy, there are still others who seem not to enjoy numbers that much. Generally, when we see numbers, we instantly think of math. Math and numbers which are difficult to avoid as they are everywhere. In fact, many people get nervous at the thought of studying or using math.

Mathematics as a subject is perceived to be difficult, obscure and are only meant for the supremely intelligent. It is almost as though it is normal that one is afraid of math or is no good at the subject. Often, this perception causes people to suffer from math anxiety. Anxiety is stress, tension, and strain on one’s body and mind. Anxiety can be broken down into two types: Somatic or the loss control of body. Some symptoms are sweaty palms, pain in neck or sick to the stomach. The other is Cognitive or loss of concentration. Its symptoms include negative self-talk, feelings of doubt, or mind wanders from test or tasks.

Many students might say that anxiety in class inhibits them or reduces their ability to perform well. In the case of mathematics, they would be correct. Psychological researches have somehow ascertained that math anxiety causes students of all levels to perform poorly in math.

For some students, trouble in math is driven by problems with language. These children may also experience difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking. In math, however, their language problem is confounded by the naturally difficult terminology, some of which, they only hear in math class. These students have an uncomfortable time understanding written or verbal directions or explanations, and find word problems especially hard to translate. A common difficulty also experienced by people with math problems is the inability to easily connect the abstract aspects of math with reality. Understanding what symbols represent in the physical world is important to how well and how easily a child will remember a concept.

Some key methods to conquering math anxiety center on not avoiding the problem. Just because they believe it’s tough, one will presume that it can not overcome the anxiety. Whereas in most cases, it is seen that this is a mind block and one could be really good at math if he put his or her mind into it. Thinking things like “I don’t have a Math mind” can lead nowhere. They are self-defeating games — games you play on oneself. If a student knows what these games are, the student might be able to see oneself playing and actually enjoying them like the Sudoku. The exact cause of math anxiety are not known, but those who overcome it will perform normally and eventually be puzzled no more.

By: Alberto D Martinez

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Read about hamstring rehabilitation and hamstring tendonitis at the Hamstring Injury Recovery website.

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Some Fun With Math

Making math interesting is what we like to do! So we’re always keeping an eye out for different ideas that will help students learn math while at the same time letting them have some fun. The article below will give you some good ideas that you can try which should help your child learn math and have fun as well.

Grab A Deck Of Cards And Try These Fun Math Games

Want to get the children practicing math skills?
You could use commercial math games but these can be expensive.
For a fun math game that assists kids to practice adding or multiplying, just grab a deck of playing cards and you’re ready.

Yes, believe it or not there are heaps of math games contained in that one pack of playing cards. Try these to begin and then have a go at inventing your own. You can practice addition, times tables, comparing numbers and numerous other number skills.

Multiplication Over and Under
This game is an ideal way to practice multiplication tables. Use a pack of cards with the colored cards taken out. The Aces count as 1. Deal all of the cards out to the two players. One player becomes the Under 30 player and the other becomes the Over 30 player.
Each player turns over a card at the same time and the two numbers are multiplied together. If the answer is below 30, the Under 30 player gets the cards. If it is more than 30, the Over 30 player keeps the cards. If the answer is 30 each player takes back their card and returns it to their deck. When all cards have been played the player with the most cards is the champion.

Highest Number
Kids love this fun math game that practices comparing numbers. All you need is cards from Ace (which is valued at 1) to 9 for this game. Next choose the number of digits to be used in the numbers for this game, e.g. 2 digit numbers like 24 and 79; 3 digit numbers like 713 or 921; 4, 5 or 6 digit numbers. Every person is dealt that number of cards. Players arrange their cards to make the biggest possible number with the cards that they have been dealt, e.g. with cards 2, 5 and 8 a player would make 852.
The player with the biggest number in each round scores a point. The winner is the person who scores the highest points.

First to Fifty Addition
Take it in turns to deal two cards to each person. Each player then turns over the two cards they have been dealt, adds the two amounts and tells how much this is, e.g. 5 and 7 is 12. The player with the largest total keeps the two cards while the other cards are returned to the deck which is shuffled and dealt again. Players add the value of the cards they have won until a player gets to fifty and wins.

First to Fifty Multiplication
Play this game the same as First to Fifty Addition but instead of adding the 2 cards to get a total, multiply the two values on the cards, e.g. 7X6 is 42. Players then add the value of the cards that they win to get to fifty.

These fun card games can be played by a parent and child at home or in the classroom with children playing in pairs, in small groups or with the whole class being divided into four or five teams. So why not grab an old deck of playing cards and start playing.

 

By: Teresa Evans

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

 Teresa Evans is a teacher and parent who uses fun math games to get kids excited about math. To receive your own seven part math games collection visit Making Math More Fun.

So there you have it! What do you think? Some fun card games that will help your student learn math!

 

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Math Games Are A Fun Way To Learn Math

I found  a nice article on EzineArticles that I’d like to share with you. It deals with making the process of learning math fun. Something you should probably be familiar with if you’ve been reading this blog for a while!  🙂

So here it is:

 

Math Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Math games are a great way to get students involved in math.  Just like chess, math games get students hooked.  Each time they play, they have more confidence and better strategies.  With the competitive itch, they strive to do better each time they play.

Math games should be specifically designed to work on math skills.  It may work on addition, multiplication or fractions.  Having the skills as part of the game makes it easy to make learning seem fun.  Just like mothers often sneak vegetables into a casserole or pasta dish, teachers can sneak learning into games.

The games should have some elements that make it playable.  The game should have simple rules.  If there are too many rules, kids will lose interest.  Soccer is relatively simply.  You need to kick the ball into the net without using your hands.  In golf you try to hit a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible.  With Scrabble, you try to make words with the highest point value possible.  The general goal or core rules of the game should be relatively simple.

Once this is established, there should be room for developing strategy.  The game Tic Tac Toe is not played by adults or even most kids as it is too simple.  The game of chess however allows players to make choices that affect the outcome of the game.  If you can’t develop strategy or feel like you are affecting the outcome, you probably won’t continue playing.

There also needs to be an element of chance.  Even though players may have different abilities, each one should feel as though they have a chance to win.  You wouldn’t enter a 100 meter race if you knew the other runner was a great deal faster.  In Scrabble the element of chance comes when players randomly choose letters.  When chance affects the game it evens out the playing field.

Games in the class create hours of solid practice.  Students actually focus on the skills and develop their skills quickly.  Aside from the math skills students learn, they also learn some much needed social skills by working with partners that they can’t get from video games.  Games are the way to reach children and make learning a truly fun and inspiring activity.  The skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Darren Michalczuk is the founder of the Brick School.  He is an experienced classroom teacher who has developed many programs and resources for math, language and music.  The Brick School offers quality educational posters, programs and worksheets online for elementary language arts, math and music.  Materials are designed to promote effective learning strategies in an easy to understand, straight-forward format.  They offer both practical solutions to learning problems and leading edge technology and techniques.  It reaches both struggling students and those who need extra challenges in class.With the latest software and leading edge learning strategies, our materials are paving the way for learning.  User-friendly programs give students instant feedback while they practice important basic skills. Lessons and study guides also include proven learning strategies and memories techniques. Please visit our website. http://brickschool.ca

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Darren_Michalczuk  Math-Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Hope you enjoyed the article!

Chess anyone?

.

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mathematics and Games – The Fun Way to Learn Math

Games are usually something that everyone likes. Even more so with children. So if you’re trying to get a child to learn math, doesn’t it just make sense to use some games to help them along in their education?

I think it does. And so does Gregory Tucker who wrote the following article which can be found on EZineArticles.com.

Math Games to Make – Learning Math the Fun Way

Math can be difficult and even frightening at times for many students. If you’re a parent or teacher, phrases like “I hate math” or “I just don’t get these fractions”, are unfortunately, far too common! But then again, this is the real world of math teaching and math learning!

A great way to help your child develop their math skills is by adding a little fun to the equation. Using tangible ways to demonstrate skills such as fractions, as well as providing entertaining opportunities for practice and application, is half the battle!

Making Your Own Math Games is Easy

I’ll share with you several fraction math games to make, that are a lot of fun and cost little or nothing out of your pocket! Keep in mind that you can create similar games for learning all kinds of math skills! All that’s required are some helpful manipulatives to create or buy such as fractional circles, bars, squares or number lines. Also, the Internet has many great sites where you can obtain fractional and other math templates to use for free.

One great thing about these games is that you and your students are probably already familiar with the original versions of the games. This makes your job a lot easier because learning how to play the game is not a big deal, since most players have seen or played the original game. This way, kids can get into the game quicker and start building fraction skills even faster!

Concentration Games

In order to make an easy Concentration type game, you create sets of fraction word cards and their corresponding picture cards. Students lay out the sets of cards face down. Then, they take turns choosing two cards to try to find matches. If a match is found, they keep their matched cards and their turn continues. If not, they turn the cards back over and the next player continues by searching for matches. For instance a player would have a match if they turned over the fractional words two-thirds and a picture that showed two-thirds shaded on a card. The winner is the person who has the greatest number of cards.

Bingo Games

Another really easy fraction math game to make is Fraction Bingo, which is played like the original version but with fraction cards instead of numbers. As the “Caller” calls out fractional words, each player tries to cover that fraction if pictured on their card. Players can use beads, coins, buttons, Unifix cubes, or other small objects to cover the spaces on their cards. The winner is the first person to cover all spaces on a card and s/he becomes the next Caller.

War Games

Lastly, to play Fractions War, you will need a set of flash cards with fractional amounts written on them, such as 1/3, 2/3, 1/8, 5/8, or 7/8. The cards are dealt equally between players who face each other. Students “play” their card by putting down the top card from their hand and their opponent does the same. Then, they compare fractions to see which card is greater in value. The holder of the larger fractional amount collects the cards played. The play continues in this fashion until two equivalent fractions are turned over and they must have “War!” Players each turn over their next four cards as they proclaim “I-DE-CLARE-WAR!” Then, those final cards are compared and the holder of the card showing the larger fraction wins that round. The player to acquire all the cards or the greatest amount by a designated time limit is the winner. A variation of this would be to create fraction cards showing operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication or division and provide individual marker boards for students to complete operations and then determine which fraction is larger.

Great Math Learning Tool for Parents and Teachers

Learning fractions in math doesn’t have to be frightening and complicated for students any longer. Concentration, Bingo, and War are just three of the many fun math games to make that help educators, tutors, and parents teach math in a more creative and engaging way! Consider how much fun they can have while working in small groups to practice their skills. Best of all, using games is not intimidating to students like the prospect of turning in another worksheet to the scrutiny of the marking pencil!

Gregory Tucker is the owner of http://www.learn-with-math-games.com/math-games-to-make.html, a one-stop hub for parents and teachers where you’ll find all kinds of free math games and activities to help kids of all ages become successful math students. You will find a variety of math games to make that students will love!

Mr. Tucker offers some good game ideas, doesn’t he? You can take this a step further and try creating some math games of your own. Just remember to keep it fun and your student will soon find that learning math can indeed be fun!

Until next time! Cheers.

.

.

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,