Workshop Wednesday - Math Games

I hope your week is going well - I just wanted to take a minute to link up with Jivey from Ideas by Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday linky...

This week people are sharing math games. I am not sure if all of these fit under the umbrella of math games but I wanted to share 2 of our math center "games" and 2 early finisher math "games".

First of all we are working on addition and subtraction right now. I found this super cute freebie from Positively Learning for students to practice making 10 - they play it sort of like war - each person flips a card and if it makes 10 they record it. Here is what one page of the cards look like...

We played that game as a center at the beginning of the unit. But these number cards are just too cute - so now we use them just to play addition war - each partner gets a set of cards they flip their top cards and add the numbers - they record their work on a regular piece of paper. Something about the adorable clip art motivates my students to play this game like there is no tomorrow.

Another freebie activity we are using is addition poke from Flapjack Educational Resources. If you have not played poke before it is a fun little self-checking or partner checking activity. There is the question and 3 possible answers. Students poke their pencil through the hole they think is the right answer and then they or their partner checks. I also have the students record any answers they get right on the first try for a little extra accountability. I like these cards because they go up to the 12 facts.

One note of caution you do have to print, cut (laminate if you are lucky), punch holes in all the cards and circle the right answer on the back - time consuming but hey, once it is done...

Of course we play Bump. I have talked about Bump before. Here is the autumn themed Bump boards we are using. Click here to pick up a free copy of the addition and multiplication version.

The last game we play is Stack O'Chips. You just need one playing card and 27 counters for each set of partners. I print my board out on cardstock and would laminate if I could : (
Students place 3 counters in each square. Then players take turns taking off 1, 2 or 3 counters. They can be from one or more grid squares. The object is to NOT be the person to take off the last counter. It is a fun little game of strategy - it is fun to watch the students who just rush through the game realize that there is some thinking involved - as they catch on to the point of counting the chips and trying to make a plan as they get closer to the end. Often I hear students saying "If I take 3 and they take three, then I can take two...."

I am off to write reports - or procrastinate and read some blogs - either way I hope you are having a great week!


  1. Great station activities! My students love the poke games. I need to make more- you are right, time consuming...but fun once they are finished!

  2. All of these activities look so fun. Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  3. You must've known we are having our parent math night tomorrow night! Those cards to play war are perfect! We are teaching them multiplication war, but we can't buy a deck of cards for every student! Thanks for sharing all your great math games!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. How adorable is that Superhero Making 10 game? I am loving it and so happy you thought to share such a great freebie!

    Rooting for Third Grade

  5. My students love math games... well games of any kind actually. I tried clicking on the bump to get the cards, but I couldn't finagle my way out of Pinterest. Thank you for sharing. I clicked on your other bump links and I know my kids will really enjoy this!!


    1. Thanks for letting me know - I added a clickable sentence to get to the Bump boards instead!

  6. Thanks so much for linking up such great games!!! You rock, friend! :) :)

  7. Thanks for the shout out :)
    I really appreciate it1 I'm digging these cards out again this week as we launch into the strategy of Making 10. I also ♥ the poke cards!
    Thanks again, Jen

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love meeting more teachers in my grade circle :)
    The strategy game you posted about seems great! I love reflecting with the students afterwards to see which strategies they used and "picked up on" during their play. Great ideas you have here!

  9. we love your ideas for using math games. Math always solve with easy and tuff method , if the teacher is really good then i think not difficult to understand Math Division if we talk about the kids then i think kids only want to play games and want to enjoy every time they really enjoy and want to solve and enjoy this. so i regards to you for this wonderful .


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