I love playing maths games with my class. It is a quick and easy method of informal assessment and an easy way to differentiate too. This post will focus on oral maths games. I won’t go in to the obvious ones we all play, ( ‘Kings and Queens’ anyone?! ) rather, this is just a short list of games my first and second class enjoy in the mornings.
First up, any games that gets children on their feet and out of those little chairs!
- Odds and Evens: The children do a jumping jack for odd numbers and bend down to touch their toes for even numbers. So they close their eyes, I call out a number like ’67’ and the children either do a jumping jack or bend to touch their toes. They are getting so good at this game now!
2. 100s, tens and units: Again, an active one. Teacher models the game first. A hundred= a clap. A ten = a stamp and a unit= hands on head. So if I choose the number 231, I will do two claps, three stamps and 1 hands on my head. The children then try identify the number. It’s a great listening game! Once I have modeled it a couple of times I pick children to come up and choose the number.
3. Cube Drop: Another listening one. I drop a number of cubes into a container and the children must identify how many cubes I dropped in. (eyes must be closed) I also use this games for multiplication table practice for 2nd class. So each cube is worth three, how many did I have in total?
4. Whiteboard Attack: I write a number on the board, e.g. 24. Using mini whiteboards the children must write as manys ways as possible of getting the number 24. They can add or take away. I set a timer of three minutes for this task.
5. Workout Wednesday: Maths and PE combined! A ten minute morning warm up using maths. We take turns calling instructions, e.g. teacher says ‘Do 11-6 star jumps’, child 1 says ‘Do double 3 knee jumps’ and so on.