Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Math Games!

In our classroom, we played math games.  We wanted to share some with you.

Pentago is one of our favorite games.  Pentago is a fun, strategic game where you get 5 of the same color in a row. Only 2 players can play this game at one time.  When you put down a marble, you have to spin one square on the board.  We like the game because it's fun, challenging and it doesn't take that long. You can play it over and over again. You can also play online.

The next game is called 4-Way Countdown. Countdown is a dice game.  It is a math game because it teaches us how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. It is so fun as a math game. As an example, if you get a 4, you can either put up the 4 or the 1 and 3.  To play, you can have 2, 3 or 4 players.  The goal of the game is to get all of your numbers standing up.

We have some games that are Logic Puzzles. These games are really hard but they are really fun too.  You need to use your brain to complete a logic puzzle.  Logic Puzzles are usually one-player games.  There are a lot of logic puzzles in our classroom.

Close to 100 is a game with cards.  We like card games. The way to play is to get 100.  It's easy to learn and is fun.  Every player gets 6 cards with numbers.  You have to make two 2-digit numbers that equal 100.  There are a couple cards in the game called "Wild Cards". You can decide what numbers those are going to be.  If a person gets 101, then he or she has 1 point.   There are 5 rounds. The person with the lowest points at the end of the game wins.

Othello is a fun game. Here is how to play:  You start out with 2 white and 2 black pieces next to each other.  Black always goes first.  The object of the game is to have the most pieces of your color at the end of the game.  You can only capture the other color if you surround it.  You can go across, vertical, and diagonal.  It is fun because you have to think really hard to get the most pieces.

Another game is called Set.  You can make a set of three cards that either have the same shape, color, shading, or number. Or, a set needs to have all different shapes, shading, numbers, and colors.  There are different shapes--the oval, the diamond, and the squiggly line.  You need 12 cards to play.  You need to try to make a set of 3.   Two or more people can play this game.  This game teaches you how to find patterns for the future. This is a very fun game for children and adults.  You need to do a lot of thinking to play Set. (You might want to be 6 or older to play this:-)

Gobblet Gobblers and Gobblet are like Tic-Tac-Toe. But, you can ""gobble" each other by putting a bigger piece on top of a smaller piece.  It is a fast way to learn.  You try to get 4 in a row.  In Gobblet, there are two colors-white and black. In Gobbler Gobblet there are 2 colors-blue and orange. Only 2 people can play this game.

Square Up is a game with 1-2 players.  There are colorful squares and you can't lift them  up. You can only slide them.  You try to match the colors to the ones in the box.  You have to shake the box and look at it. Then you match it.

If you have suggestions for other games we would like, please comment!

1. Thank you for sharing your math games. I'm going to share your ideas with all the teachers I work with here in Fife, WA!!

When I was teaching third grade, one of our favorite games was called Mystery Number. It helps you work on place value and higher level thinking skills. I found this online version of the game here: http://www.starrmatica.com/standalone/starrMaticaplaveValueMysteryNumbers.swf

Hope you enjoy it!
:) Elaine Smith

2. Friends in room 106~
Thanks for sharing your fun math games. I have played Pentago before, but never online. Maybe we can play the next time I stop in your room. I am looking forward to reading your blog throughout the year!

Mrs. Rinefierd
room 125A

3. Thank you for writing about your math games. I have never played Gobblet, but I love tic-tac-toe. I'll need to check it out! My second grade and fifth grade classes loved to play Set and a game called Blink. In Blink, you have to think about patterns, but the game goes quickly. Some of my fifth graders made their own versions of Set using index cards and markers.

4. Othello is one of my favorite board games ever. I hope you all like it too!

5. I am impressed with how these blog posts combine math and writing. You've done a wonderful job explaining the object and procedures of these games. They all seems like games that really challenge the reasoning skills of the players. Have fun with these!

6. What a fantastic blog post. Nice work explaining all the games. I can tell you worked very hard. Thanks for sharing with the world!

Mr. Balcom - 5th Grade Teacher

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