Have you considered using math game shows to kick off your math curriculum this school year? These games not only provide an interactive and exciting way for students to review important math concepts, but they also promote teamwork and friendly competition. Keep reading to find out how you can use math game shows to engage your students and set the tone for a successful year.
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Set the Stage
Those first few weeks of school set the stage for the rest of the year. There will be lots of new math concepts that your 3rd graders will learn, but in the first few weeks of school – start them out with fun and engaging activities that help ease them into 3rd grade.
Here are a few ways you can incorporate math game shows into your back-to-school curriculum:
Review Basic Math Skills with Math Game Shows
Teachers can use math games to review basic math skills that students may have forgotten over the summer break. Topics could include addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, and place value.
I wanted to share with you one of the key concepts I focus on during the first few weeks of school: place value. It’s important for me to assess my students’ number sense abilities early on, as this information helps me tailor my instruction and lesson plans to better meet their needs. Understanding place value is especially important, as it serves as the foundation for many math skills, including rounding numbers. Rounding is a new skill in 3rd grade and one that will be taught early in the year.
To make this topic more engaging for my students, I like to incorporate interactive activities into my lessons. One such activity is this math game show that allows me to review and informally assess my student’s understanding of place value. This game is not only fun for my students, but it also helps me gather valuable information about their knowledge level.
Introduce New Concepts
They are perfect for when you need a NO-PREP fun and engaging math activity – at the last minute – or just as a fun introduction.
Build Classroom Community
Math game shows can also help build a sense of classroom community. Teachers can divide their students into teams and encourage them to work together to come up with the correct answers. This can help students get to know one another and develop teamwork skills.
It’s easy to set up teams in these no-prep games, and you control the points board! Your students will love watching as the points go up!
Assess Student Knowledge with Math Game Shows
Teachers can also use math games as a form of assessment. By observing students as they work in teams to answer the questions, teachers can get a sense of what their students already know and where they may need more help.
You can also assess how students work in groups. This can help you as you plan future collaborative activities.
Change up your back-to-school plans this year! Kids love games, and these Math Game Shows are perfect for back-to-school math activities! Your new students will think you are the BEST teacher they’ve ever had! Plus, they will look forward to math – because you make it FUN!
The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.Robert John Meehan
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