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GAMES to play at Home


The following math games will help strengthen math skills needed to learn the conepts we are covering in class.  

Tens Go Fish
It is soooooooooooooooooooooo important for kids to fluently know numbers that add up to 10.  I can not tell you how valuable that is as we move into understanding our number system, place value, money and much, much more. This game is a fun way to practice this fluency.
There are no special game pieces you need to print.  It's simple... use a simple deck of playing cards and play Go Fish.  But instead of making matches like 2 and 2, you match two numbers that equal ten such as 2 and 8.  

Close to 100
This is my FAVORITE math game EVER!!!! It is an absolute fabulous way to become comfortable with tens and ones and really understand our number system.  
Recording Sheet
Digit Cards

just like tic-tac-toe but with mutliplication
Clever eh?  
Make a tic-tac-toe board and fill the 9 spaces with the numbers 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100.
These are the products of our squared facts.  Now use your tens dice or number cards.  Draw a card or roll the dice.  Square the number (ex. if you roll a 3 you need to do 3x3).  You can put your x or o in the space with the correct product.  Play until someone gets tic tac toe. 
Here's another version...
Practice skip counting by any number.  For example practice skip counting by 6.  6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60
Now use those numbers to fill your tic tac toe board.  Draw a card or roll the die and multiply the number by 6.  This can be done with any multiples and is great practice for learning our multiplication facts.  Students are to fluently know all their facts by the end of 3rd grade.  
Shut the Box
This is a version of an old fashioned game that I found at Colonial Williamsburg several years ago.  It works great with a deck of cards and dice.  We separate out all the number cards by suit and can play this game with up to 4 people. So each player will have number 1 (ace) thru 10 of the same suit.  They will lay out their numbers face up in order.  Each player takes a turn rolling the dice.  Turn down the cards totalling the number on the dice.  For example if you roll a 10 you can turn down the 10 or the 4 and 6 or even 2, 3, and 5.  Take turns and play continues until you  are unable to turn down cards to match your number.  You then add up the cards that you have left up.  This is your score.  The player with the lower score wins.  
Sometimes we play with numbers 1-10 and use the tens dice and sometimes we use the jack and queen for 11 and 12 and play with two regular six sided dice.