OK, OK, Kim… Here you go!
It’s about time I did a post for my primary colleagues! Here are some seasonal games for your primary classrooms.
The first is called Ghost Blasters II. You play against a partner, working on finding sums of a number you choose. I picked 20 as my target number, but your students can play with any sum up to 50. This makes it a good game for Grades 1 through 4! One player clicks the Z key when they see 2 ghosts that sum to the target, while the other play types an M to score.
Have young students try the game called Ghost Blasters – Operation Even. Students click on even numbered ghosts and score points as they do. But be careful – if you’re not thinking and click on an odd numbered ghost, you’ll lose 10 points!!
For this last game, called Ghost Blasters I, students pick a “counting by” number to focus on – anything from 2 to 10. This becomes the multiple of the “unfriendly ghosts”, which you click on to evaporate! This is a challenging game – play it first to be sure that your students will be able to click in time…
And for a great couple of Hallowe’en math books, consider Pumpkin Town by Katie McKay – there’s lots to estimate, count and figure out in this book about a true bumper crop of pumpkins! It’s published by Scholastic and is available in French under the name Citrouilleville…
Consider also How many Seeds in A Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara. The characters explore many ways to can count seeds – in 2’s and 5’s and 10’s – and there’s an interesting surprise at the end! maybe even an algebraic exploration should anyone want to pursue it!