Posted on November 10, 2011
As you are well aware, Investigations has a very hands-on approach to math. Therefore, playing games are not only learning tool but also crucial parts of the curriculum. A week rarely goes by without the children playing some sort of game. These games are important because they help to nurture collaboration, while also focusing on group work skills. They reinforce basic math concepts such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication They also allow the children to share problem solving strategies with each other. These games also provide a safe environment for allowing children to experiment with new mathematical thinking.
When the kids hear that we are going to play a game, they are filled with excitement! Some of their favorite games are:
Capture on the 300 Chart - This game helps reinforce the students' knowledge of place
value as well as combinations to estimate the sum of 2- and 3-digit numbers and to determine the number of 100s in the sums.
Go Collecting - This game is based on the game Go Fish. The children categorize the cards by the collecting titles (e.g., stamps, coins, toys, etc.). They try to make pairs within their own hand of cards. If they can't, they "go collecting" from their partners cards to find a category match. Then they generate 2- and 3-digit addition problems from these matches and estimate the sums. This game reinforces estimation and addition.
Close to 100 - This is a game of strategy. Each child has six cards. They use four of the cards to make two numbers that add up to as "close to 100" as possible. The score is the difference between their number and 100. (e.g.,: cards 4, 2, 5, 6 = 42 + 56 = 98, for a score of 2). The object of the game is to get the lowest score. The children quickly develop strategies to land right on 100. They are really good at it! This game reinforces estimation and addition.
I invite you to become a child again and play some fun math games at home with your child! There are some great games on-line. Some of the sites I recommend are: