Spring is the perfect time to use math games with your students. Either you are finished with testing and the kids are restless, or you still have testing ahead of you and your kids are restless! Math games will motivate your students, keep them on task, and also help them review important skills ... while giving them the chance to put some of that restless energy to good use.
I love creating math games, and I've seen lots of terrific ones on Pinterest, so I thought I would host a Math Game Round-up here on Corkboard Connections! Visit each blog post linked below to find at least one free math game along with a tip about how to use math games in the classroom.
Random partners are fun for some activities, but I don't recommend pairing students randomly in math. Instead, take a moment to pair students yourself before you pass out the materials. It's best for students with similar abilities to work together. It might be tempting to have struggling students play against strong students so they can get help, but that situation is going to frustrate both of them. It's best to keep students of similar ability levels together and differentiate instruction by giving them different games to play.
Island Conquer Game Freebie
March 2017 Update - I just gave this game a makeover, and it now has a pirate theme which your students will LOVE! The updated game is free for my email subscribers; click here to grab a copy!
Monster Math Mix-up: Telling Time
My newest math game is Monster Math Mix-up: Telling Time. I created my first Monster Math Mix-up game when I was writing my Customary Measurement Conversions Power Pack, and it received rave reviews from the student field testers. In this game, each student receives a mixed-up monster puzzle and they have to assemble it, piece by piece, as they solve math problems. There's a bit of luck involved, though, because after each player solves a problem, he or she must spin a spinner to find out how many pieces to add ... or perhaps take away! The game was so popular that I decided to create a version of Monster Math Mix-up for telling time. This game is aligned with 2nd and 3rd grade Common Core objectives for telling time, and there are two sets of clock task cards to help you differentiate instruction. You can purchase Monster Math Mix-up from my TpT store.