Chalk Clock

Draw a giant clock without the hands.  Decide on some times and have the kids be the hands of the clock.  Idea from: Who would have thought it

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Addition or Multiplication Pyramid

  • Object: to get the most points
  • Materials: a deck of cards (it’s okay if some cards are missing)
  • Point Values: all number cards equal that number of points; J, Q, K equal 10,  and Aces can be 1 or 11
  • Instructions:
  • Set up a pyramid. There should be 7 rows and 28 cards in all. 
  • Player 1 chooses two of the “uncovered” cards and adds them to make a sum. Since the object of the game is to get the most points, Player 1 should choose two cards that make the highest sum. For example, Player 1 could have chosen anything from the bottom row because those cards are uncovered. He chooses the 10 and 8 because that makes the highest sum. He says, “10+8=18, takes the cards away, and writes his answer on his paper. Player 2 chooses two of the uncovered cards to make the highest sum possible. She writes the sum on her paper. In this example, she chooses the 5 and 5 to make 10. Players keep adding two uncovered cards and writing down the sums until there are no cards left.Once all cards have been used, players add up all of their sums. The player with the most points wins. NOTES: In some cases near the end of the game, as shown here, there will only be one uncovered card available. In this case, the player must take the Queen, and will add 0 to it since there is no other card to take. So in this case, the player says “10+0=10” and scores 10 points.MULTIPLICATION PYRAMIDTo play the multiplication version of this game, players will multiply the cards to make a product rather than adding them to make a sum. Once all cards have been used, players add up all of their products. The player with the most points wins.

From: Shelley Gray Teaching

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Pig – A dice game

Choose a player to go first. That player throws a die and scores as many points as the total shown on the die providing the die doesn’t roll a 1. The player may stop and take the points at any time or risk another roll. The player may continue rolling and accumulating points (but risk rolling a 1) or end his turn.

If the player rolls a 1 his turn is over, he loses all points he accumulated that turn, and he passes the die to the next player.

Play passes from player to player until a winner is determined. First person to accumulate 100 or more points wins the game.


Two-Dice Pig

The Two-Dice version is the same as Pig, except two standard dice are rolled. If neither shows a 1, their sum is added to the turn total. If a single 1 is rolled, the player scores nothing and the turn ends. If two ones are rolled, the player’s entire score is lost and their turn ends.

Big Pig

This variant is the same as Two-Dice Pig, except rolling double ones ends the player’s turn, scores 25 points, and eliminates any other points the player may have accumulated that turn. If any other doubles are rolled, the player adds twice the value of the dice to the turn total.

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Try for a total of TEN

Math Card Games The First Grader Roundup

Play this math card game alone or as a team. Lay out 20 cards on the table (leave out face cards or change them to equal 0, while aces equal 1). Kids remove sets of cards that add up to 10, ultimately trying to remove all the cards from the table. It’s harder than you think!

Learn More: First Grade Round Up

From: We Are Teachers

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Target Number card game

This looks like a fun card game from Shelley Gray called Target Number. Click on target number link for directions.  Quick synopsis, you flip a card that is the target number and then deal out 3 cards to each person.  With your 3 cards you add, multiply, subtract and/or divide to reach the target number.  

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Real Life Math

Here are some great videos about REAL LIFE MATH.


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Fact Practice

Give your flash cards a rest and practice facts with math card games instead. Simply lay down two cards from the deck (remove the face cards first) and add, subtract, or multiply them. Kids can work on this alone, or you can make it a contest to see who can call out the correct answer first.

Learn More:Top Notch Teaching

From: We Are Teachers

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Card Games to Practice Facts

A variation of the game “Go Fish” is asking for the number that will make a combination of 10 instead of asking for a duplicate number.  For example, if you hold a 7 in your hand, you need to ask for a 3 because 7 + 3 = 10.  This game has students quickly recognizing the combinations and builds their number flexibility. 

Here is a site with a number of other quick card games to help with fluency from Math Geek Mama. Practice facts can be fun and I hope you share your favorite one.  20 Best Card Games

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I Spy Sums

How to Play: Shuffle the deck and deal out the entire deck of cards face up
in a 13×4 array.

  • One player begins by looking for two cards and adding up their points to
    find the sum, and WITHOUT pointing the cards out, says, “I spy with my
    little eye two cards with a sum of ____.”
  • Beginning with the player to left of the “I spy” person, the other players
    take turns looking for two cards that add up to make the sum and then
    pick up that pair. Rotate around the circle as many times as possible until
    no more pairs of cards have that sum.
  • The “I spy” person does not pick up any cards during this time – he/she needs to check all of the pairs that the other players are picking up.
  • Players swap roles and continue until the table is cleared.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.
    As large gaps appear, the size of the array may be condensed to help fill in
    the gaps.
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Place Value

Welcome back! In Math, many classes are starting their new school year learning about place value.  Here are some website you may find interesting.

Songs:   Place Value song    Rounding Number song      Zero my Hero song

Games.  Place Value Hockey     Rounding Soccer         Matching Game      

A book.  How much is a million?

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