I thought I would post a copy of a game that I created (which I KNOW someone else out there has likely done before me!) to support young children in recognizing sets of number at a a glance. We all know how important this skill is in promoting number sense in young learners! In this game called “I have… Who Has…?” for grades 1 and 2, students start with a card (or more than one, if there are enough cards to go around!). Choose any child you like to begin the cycle. She reads from her card, from left to right, saying the number represented in the picture (“I have 14.”) and then asking the question (“Who has seven?”). Students listen for their number, then ask their question until all students have had a chance to read. The game is over when the first person to read, reads again. Be sure and hand out ALL the cards, or the cycle won’t work… 🙂
I have created a Kindergarten version of the “I have… Who has…?” game as well. The numbers go only to 10, and there are picture of fingers to help them “read” the number word. A small group – or partners – works best for this one, since there are only ten cards!
Have fun with this!
(And for my friends in Coquitlam who witnessed the spectacular initial fail of this game, rest assured that I’ve fixed it!)
I was cruising around this morning and came across some of my favourite games for practicing mental math strategies. Check out this cool game called dinosaur dentist… It asks kids to find the double fact that matches the number of teeth in the dinosaur’s mouth, then to subtract one tooth (the black one) to find the doubles less one fact! The pain-free dino does a dance to celebrate afterwards. Very cute!
The next game is called Woodcards. It uses the idea of partitioning to help kids see how they can apply doubles strategies to much larger numbers. The cards with the digits printed on them slide apart to help students remember they are talking about tens and ones! It pairs the numbers with abacus sets to represent the values. This is a good game for late grade 2 or grade 3.
They are part of the most amazing and conceptually grounded sets of games for developing number and operational sense in primary students. They are really fun (yes, even for me!) and the graphics are great too. Check them all out at ICT Numeracy Games. Developed by James Barrett to match the very evolved British curriculum, they are focussed on mental math strategies and help target those ideas in early learners.
I am, as many of you know, a great fan of the games produced by the good folks at BEAM. They are conceptual, strategic and focus on the big math ideas across the grades. One of my favourites is “Totally Ten Snake”, in which two players take turns covering pairs of digits that add to 10 along a “snake” of numbers. When all the digits are covered – each player using his or her own coloured counters – the winner is the one with the longest string of digits covered in their colour. In the example below, red wins, with 4 in a row at the end of the game against purple:
Well, I love this game a lot, and when played strategically it can engage kids across the grades (and even adults at my workshops!). That said, I thought it was worth re-jigging the game for children who are younger, and for those who need support to focus on quantity rather than on the digits as set out in the original BEAM game.
These edited games are geared towards understandings of 5-ness and ten-ness, and use dots in place of digits. The rules are the same as in the original. You can download your own version of Terrific Ten Snake or the easier ten frame 10 snake and/or the Fabulous Five Worm by clicking on their names…
PS – If you’re looking for more ideas like this for K and grade 1, consider purchasing a copy of my book: Number Sense – A Combined Grades Resource for K, K/1 and Grade 1 Math Classrooms. It’s set up to support teachers in addressing the number PLOs in mindful ways while keeping their Kindergarten and Grade 1 students together. Games, tasks, problems and meaningful practice opportunities are included in English and in French. To order online, click here.