I’m just back from the SDE National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies in Las Vegas, and I’m fired up! What a fabulous learning experience. More on that over the next few days. Many of the sessions focused on fact fluency and mental math, and that reminded me of a game I used with my 5th graders. I dusted it off, prettied it up, and I present to you Speed Math.
Speed Math is a game for 1 to 4 players, but it would also be a great activity for small group instruction. Three cards are drawn, and all the players work individually to write equations that equal 0 through 10 using the numbers on the cards and any of the four operations. The deck of cards includes a Wild Card that can be used for any value. Think of all the math your kiddos are doing as they try to come up with equations! The player that creates all eleven equations first is the winner. If time is short, then the player with the most equations when time expires is the winner. Wouldn’t this also make a great homework assignment?
|This sample shows how a hand would be played using the cards 2, 6, and 4. Think of all the facts students are practicing as they look for equations!|
|An optional recording sheet is included. Of course, students could record their work in their math journal just as easily.|
You can grab this freebie at my TpT store!