Games Over Worksheets


The longer I work with children, the more I see the value of playing games. Playing math games is a powerful way not only for students to learn and master skills but to apply those skills.
Games give you the same great practice as the best worksheets, but are vastly superior. Why?
  • Games are much more engaging than worksheets. Who doesn't want to play a game, right?
  • Games can address curriculum standards as well as, or better than, any worksheet.
  • They can be less stressful. We typically don't "grade" games, so that pressure is off kids.
  • They are new and fresh each time they're played. Especially if the game includes pulling cards randomly or rolling dice, you never know what you're going to get.
  • Once students learn a game, they can work independently. That's great for building confidence and for the smooth flow of a classroom.
  • Games are typically one-prep/low-prep for teachers. Enough said.
Subscribe to my newsletter (to the right) and you'll be able to access my Resource Library. There, you can download my Valentine Fraction 4-In-A-Row game. Complete directions are at the top of the page. You can copy in color or black and white. All you have to add are number cubes and markers.
I deliberately designed this version to include more challenging fractions. By February, students should be able to reduce fractions successfully. This game gives them tons of opportunities to have fun while they practice this skill!
I'd love to hear how it works for you! Happy Math-ing!
Pat McFadyen
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