If you teach 3rd grade, you know there is a wide range of math skills that your students will (hopefully) learn during the school year. As a teacher, you understand that students do not learn at the same pace, so you have to remediate and reteach skills throughout the year. Let’s be honest; we are all looking for new and different ways to help our students master these math skills. By the time standardized testing comes in the Spring of each school year, teachers are searching for how to make 3rd-grade math review more fun. If you need some ideas – these are a few of my favorites!
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3rd Grade Math Review
One of the essential things I learned teaching 3rd graders is that they learn better when the lessons are fun and engaging. If you plop a worksheet in front of them – it’s not effective at all.
By the time standardized testing comes around – you need some new tricks!
Games are always a hit with students!
Math games in the style of the popular game Jeopardy have so many benefits:
- Engaging and fun
- Helps students concentrate and retain information
- Builds confidence
- Prepares them with test questions
Plus, if your students work in teams, it strengthens their collaborative skills as well!
This site shows you how to make your own Jeopardy game in PowerPoint: 4 Easy Steps to Make Jeopardy Games in PowerPoint.
Don’t have time? I’ve done all the work for you!
This fun PowerPoint game is so easy to use! All you have to do is set up three teams of students – that’s it! This fun and engaging Jeopardy game is available for these 3rd grade math skills:
If you and your students love playing Jeopardy math games in your classroom – you can save 20% with this 3rd Grade Math Jeopardy Year Long Bundle that includes all the math skills listed above!
Most teachers have math task cards of some type in the classroom. Task cards are the perfect resource to use for Scoot Games!
Don’t know how to play Scoot? No problem – the directions are simple!
How to Play Scoot -Place a task card on each desk in your classroom. To play, students move around the room, from desk to desk, answering questions or solving math problems. You can start and stop music to signal when they move from desk to desk.
One of the main benefits of Scoot is the movement. It gets their brains working and helps them stay focused!
I love to use error analysis task cards like these Multiplication & Division Word Problems Error Analysis Task Cards!
Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures
Anytime I use Kagan Structures – student participation skyrockets! They love the unique rules and the chance to work together! Here are a few that are very effective for math review:
- Inside-Outside Circle: give each student a task card. Students form two concentric circles and take turns on rotation to face new partners to solve the math problems.
- Quiz, Quiz, Trade: Each student will get a task card, and they will randomly pair up and take turns solving each math problem. Students will then trade cards and find a new partner.
- Numbered Heads Together: Students are placed in groups. The teacher poses a question. Groups work together to solve. The teacher randomly calls on individual students to share the team’s answer.
Try a few of these ideas and see if your math review isn’t a bit more fun and engaging!
In this post, I share how I make 3rd-grade math review even more fun with competition and prizes!