Hi everyone :)
I love playing games with my class... such a fun way to engage them in their learning! We always start our Maths lessons off with a game and often will have a quick Maths game when we have a spare 5 minutes - its a great way to pack a little extra learning into the day.
So... I thought I'd start sharing some of these games with you every week. I'm calling it...
Friday Game Day!
For my first game, I thought I'd share an oldie but a goodie... no matter which year level I'm teaching, kids LOVE this game and ALWAYS want to play it! (Not just during Maths, but pretty much any time!)
This game is based on the traditional school yard chasey, but with a twist! The aim of the game is to be the last person standing, and you can 'tag' people by answering a question correctly. The rules are as follows....
Students spread around the room. The teacher calls out a maths question, and students put up their hand to answer. The teacher chooses a person; if their answer is correct they may take a step and try to ‘tag’ others. If a student is tagged, they are out of the game. If they answer the question incorrectly, they are also out (though sometimes I don't use this rule, it depends on the group). This continues until only one person is remaining.... they are the winner!
I also play with the rule that kids can re-enter the game if they can answer a question that another student guessed incorrectly. I find this really helps keep those kids who were out early engaged in the game... they are busting to get back in!
I tend to just make up the questions as I go, incorporating whatever is relevant to the kids at the time. If you find this a bit tricky, you could easily use questions from a Mental Math book instead
I have a Ten Minute Math Games pack on TPT, click here if you'd like to have a look at it :)
I hope you find this game useful... let me know if you try it with your class!