Goal: Students will count up to 120 from any given number.
Students that finish their morning work are able to play math games to practice their math skills.
Game # 1 Ball Game:
Students say any number and toss the ball to any student in the game.
The next student says the number that follows.
Students should count up to 120 .
Any student that makes a mistake would be out of the game.
Game # 2 Top it Game: Student pick a card and the students with the larger number wins and takes the cards.
When the cards are finish, the student with the most cards wins the game.
Game # 3 Penny Cup: Students take ten pennies. Students, then hide some of the pennies in the cup and show the pennies they are holding in their hands. The players count the pennies in the hand and " guess " how many pennies are hidden in the cup.
*Observations: Students were
- Counting by ones
- Working together
- Sharing manipulatives
- Taking turns
- Respecting one another - there is no fighting.
How are the students grouped?
How are they warming for each game?
Were all the students engaged?
How competitive were the games?
How can we level the games up or down?
Students were in groups because they are working towards the challenge.
Students are not competing.
When kids are playing games, they think that it is an incentive for them because they are choosing whom to play with.
Students will hack the games to make them more challenging.
Differentiation: Include another element to this ball game
- Level it up ( Count by twos, fives, tens, etc.)
- Level it down (keep the game simple , recognize the numbers, including low kids, usage of Dice game and look at the dots, peer tutoring)
We agree that using engaging activities will facilitate and promote children’s learning and success because they
• activate prior knowledge
• foster active investigation
• promote group interaction
• encourage collaboration
• allow for choice
• include games and humor
• support mastery
• nurture independent thinking
• do not make children wait
Games would help them master academic skills while they are having fun with certain levels of challenge.
- Allow students to design games that include rules and challenges.
- Allow students to choose from a variety of number games.
- Allow students to play in order to learn the skill.
Next week, we are going to bring a game and we will try to adopt it for learning goals.