Ever wonder what to do with the kids who always finish early?? Well, during math time, my students get to play math games. When they finish their independent work, I look over their papers to check for understanding. When I know they've got it, I assign them a partner, and they play math games. The partner group chooses the game they would like to play for the remainder of math time. The kids enjoy playing math games. It really is an incentive that makes them work hard and use their time wisely.

I use a pocket chart that has 10 slots (I think it was originally made to hold cd's). Each slot has a label on the front, a card with the directions, and a baggy with the materials inside. Each baggy is labeled with the game name as well. With this organization, the kids can quickly choose a game and return it to the correct spot.

I use a pocket chart that has 10 slots (I think it was originally made to hold cd's). Each slot has a label on the front, a card with the directions, and a baggy with the materials inside. Each baggy is labeled with the game name as well. With this organization, the kids can quickly choose a game and return it to the correct spot.

Click on the pictures below to view/save the game directions. You will need basic math manipulatives like dice, counters, unifix cubes, and so on to get started. I always demonstrate how to play all the games at the beginning of the year.

Here are the cards that I use, too. I like them because they have "counters" right on the cards for your concrete learners. You will have to print or copy lots of these to make full decks for each game. Notice that some games only need 0-9 cards (like Two-Digit Big Man) and some will use the 10 card. I wrote the game name on the back of each card (yes, very tedious work). But, it keeps the games more organized it the end.

And that's it! Now your students have something fun (and educational...even though they don't realize it) to do when they're finished with math!

## 98 comments:

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

WOW, Tasha...these are FABULOUS! Your students must have so much fun learning maths in your class! Thank you so much for sharing these! Wishing you a lovely day.

Tina

Good Morning Mrs RubieThese are wonderful! Thank you. :)

These are awesome!

Jennifer

What can we bribe you with to get the labels?

Jennifer

These are great...can't wait to add to my math stations!!

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Thank you very much for sharing these games. They are wonderful.

I am going to modifying two of the games though. Two Digit Big Man and Round It. When the student pulls two cards I will have the second set of cards with 10, 20, 30, 40...100 or 90. This way when they put the two cards together as in 30 and 4 it makes 34. Several students struggle with pulling a 3 and 4, it's really not 34 but 7. It's a HUGE place value idea. I always have two sets of cards, a tens deck and a ones deck. This way, I'm being consistent throughout the math curriculum and in the language I speak. When I point to the 3 in 34, I am wanting kids to tell me it's a 30 not 3. It holds the tens place value. When it's built you build it as 3 tens or 30. Like I said, it's a HUGE idea one that takes several years for young kids to understand.

Thanks again for the wonderful games. I can't wait to use them at the beginning of the year as math stations.

It's nice to find another grade 2 teacher blogging as well. Looking forward seeing more.

Ms. Brown's Grade 2 ClassI'm glad you all can use the math games. I can definitely give you the labels...I'll post them maybe tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks so much! I am having trouble printing the 3rd set for some reason. Would you mind emailing it to me. Thanks! jwalz@forrest.k12.ms.us

I blogged about your math games!! They are wonderful! Thank you!

Monarch Madness

These are AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

I LOVE THESE! I would love a set of the labels, if you are willing to share. hodges.brandi@newton.k12.ga.us

Thank you so much for posting!!! These are awesome and I just put them together today!! LOVE THEM!!

I love the polka dots! Is there anyway that you could send these via e-mail so that I could use the polka dot borders to make signs for my specialist activities?

How wonderful of you to share such a great resource!

Thanks!

:)

Christina

Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

Thank you for sharing these! They're awesome! How many copies of your cards to you need to make a full deck?

These games are great!!! Thank you for sharing. I did not know about blogs and yours is the first one I follow. Love your stuff.

These are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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Wow! Thank you! These will def. be in my classroom in a matter of DAYS!

Would you mind emailing me the labels, please???

Thank you!!!!

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Lauren,

I posted the labels in a newer post. Here's the link.

http://serenadetosecondgrade.blogspot.com/2011/08/math-game-labels-addition-to-my.html

Thanks!

Tasha

Thank you sooo much for sharing these! They rock. Last year I started collecting the names of the games we play through the year for the kids to reference, but obviously this is even better.

Thanks so much! Looking forward to following you this year as a fellow 2nd grade teacher.

Thank you so much for the awesome printables!!! I love your blog and follow you on pinterest :0). I was wondering, though, if you use a special program to make these printables? I've seen so many cool things from teachers but don't know how they make them!! Just curious!!! Thank you!

I usually use Print Shop to create my printables. I've been using it forever, and it's super easy to use. And sometimes I use MS Word. I download lots of fonts from the internet too.

Printed the labels and cards. For some reason the edges of the number cards is getting cut off. I have no idea how to resize it. Can someone help?

Wow! A-MA-ZING! I have lots of, "Why did I think of that?" thoughts! :) Thanks so much!!

I see you have used the polka dot border on several things. Did you do that on Print Shop?

Thank you so much for sharing!! I love your math games and the cute way you present them. The kids are going to be so excited! I have been looking for something I can do with my kids who are fast finishers.

I don't know which is better!?! Your fabulous cards...or, the fact that you're sharing them!! Thanks. They will be put to great use.

Alicia

First Grade Factory

WOW! I just started teaching 2nd this year and absolutely LOVE your organization and games ideas! I just printed out all of it and was wondering if you would post or email me the pdf for just the titles of the games, so I can post them on the front the way you did and they all match. :) Would you mind??? THANK YOU so so so much....awesome teaching ideas!

These are great! Thanks so much for sharing!

Love these! Just found them on Pinterest. Thanks so much for sharing!

So I love your stuff here!! I was wondering a couple things...how can i get a copy of this to tweek for third graders AND how are you making these...what program?? I would LOVE to make some stuff like this for third grade:) You're awesome!!

LOVE these!!

Hi there, Love these labels and I would love to implement them into my classroom next year.

Was wondering if you had uploaded (or would be able to email/upload) a basic template like this [with the polka dots and the coloured borders] as I have not been able to find one available online (and i am struggling to make it on my own!!)

would love if you could send / upload a basic editable template!!

Thanks!!

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Can you post the title cards, too? I want to have them to display like you have. These are wonderful!

Susan

I really love this idea. Do you know where I can get a similar pocket chart or one to modify???

Hey! I found you on Pinterest. I love your early finisher ideas, but I'm having trouble printing it off google documents. I'm not sure if its because I'm on a mac or what. If you don't mind emailing it to me that'd be great. Thank you so much. My email is rachael.l.black@gmail.com

Absolutely fantastic posting! I used this method, im playing right now.

These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! I used to teach second grade and loved every minute of it. I now teach first and have fallen in love with that too. Some of these games are perfect for my first grade babies and I came upon your blog at just the right time. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the school year!

I was unable to dl set 2 of the math game explanation cards. Can you set them up again? Everything else was saved great! Thank you very much for all of your awesome ideas!

Hey there! These are amazing thank you so much. What font did you use for your labels? I love it and would like to label some of my already made games with that same font. thanks again!!

kabrown@lwsd.org is my e-mail. :)

WOW! I've seen a lot of great freebies....but, this won win's 1st place in my book. It is organized, easy to set up, offers engaging activities without all the paper, and kids are having fun while learning math.

Thank you so much for sharing this!!

I am your newest follower.

Thanks for sharing, it is so nice when you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Saves time for other things:)

Thank you so much. These are wonderful!!

We are starting Every Day Math in August in my district. I was just wondering do we play all the games in the Math Master book or just the 10 that you have here???

Oh by the way I love the tags and the games. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for posting this.

These are awesome. Excellent!!!

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Thanks so much for sharing!! Love these.

Sweet Honey in 2nd

http://sweethoneyin2nd.blogspot.com/

I love the math games!! I am moving to 2nd grade this year and love all of your ideas. I was wondering if you could post the titles so I can print off. I could just write them, but yours is much cuter! Thanks so much!!

Just found your blog and these games are FANTASTIC! I know my class will absolutely love them in the fall. Thank you so, so, so much for sharing!

Marvelous Multiagers!Thank you so much for sharing these. I will be making these up during our next holidays.

tHANKS SOOOO MUCH FOR THE RESOURCES! I AM STARTING GUIDED MATH THIS YEAR AND THESE GAMES WILL WORK GREAT!

These are great. I will be using these during summer school. Thanks so much.

Terri

first-tastic.blogspot.com

Thank you for posting these freebies! I'm going to turn them into games for my Kinders. I was wondering on your math game cards...what font are you using for the base of the directions? I see it everywhere and LOVE it, but have no clue what it is!

I have fibromyalgia so I try to limit how much I hand write. Here's my trick: I make a back page with only my name in the template boxes and then print it on the back of the cards page. Very fast and easy!

Thanks for your ideas! Heidi

What board game do you use for back and forth to 100?

nevermind I realize you use a 100 chart as the board. Sorry, it's 1am and I'm thinking I should go to bed :)

Looking forward to trying out your math centers in my class this year. For Back and Forth to 100...where do you get the red/green die? Is it just a two-colored cube or an actual die with numbers?

Wow, these are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing. I can't wail to use them with my students.

Shelly

Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Thanks so much! I really needed some fresh ideas!

Thank you so much for sharing! These are beautiful and I know my kids will love them!

Thank you so much for sharing these, they're GREAT!!

Thank you for sharing! These activities are great! I made some number cards and hundreds charts that coordinate with the game cards. I hope you don't mind. You can download them on my blog, www.swimminginsecond.blogspot.com. Thanks again!

Thanks so much for sharing this amazing idea! I need this for students that finish quickly!

I found you on Pinterest. You are awesome for sharing these with us. Thanks for saving me so much time as I'm going into a new grade level and didn't have anything yet for those early finishers! Bless you!

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Where did you get your game ideas if you don't mind me asking?

Awesome idea! I copy black and white printed scrapbook designs on the back of my decks to make them quick and easy to sort. Saves time and energy. :-)

I LOVE these games. I blogged about them and shared them with my staff. Thanks so much for sharing them!

Would love to have the labels if you don't mind sharing ~ brandi.hewell@hallco.org.

Thanks so much!

Thank you for the ideas! I have a Kindergarten class so most of these games are too hard for them but it definitely put some ideas into my head!

-Alex :)

Very nice games to learn math with some fun.

Hi,

Im a TA and would love to make this for my class but i don't have a google account and don't wish to get one. I tried just reading how to play each game but the words are too blurry. Can you please maybe write about them or enhance the pictures. I would appreciate it alot! Thanks

Encouraged TA

Hello...I just found your blog when looking for Everyday Math ideas. I love your early finisher game cards, but I teach 4th grade. Could you please email me a set (love the borders) that I could change to fourth grade games? It would be very appreciated! lwarner206@gmail.com

I love your early finishers games. Would you be willing to share the labels also? Thanks

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captivating designs deserves Plastic card printing which increases their life and makes more captivating..

OMG these are great! Thanks for giving us a corner to cut:)

Thank you so much!! Can you e-mail the labels for the games too??

pmeliss@hotmail.com

Very informative enhanced my knowledge a lot...

These are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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Awasome comeback...Great article, i am a fan of you blog. :)

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Adorable..your designs and way of expressing thoughts inspires me a lot...

I am a first year second grade teacher and just came across these! Thank you so much for posting them and making them FREE!!!! Can't thank you enough!

Hi , I just want to share a link talking about math games for kids. Thank you

http://www.math-worksheets.co.uk/primary-teaching-resources/math-games-for-kids/

When you said print enough cards to make a "deck" for your math center games, did you mean like in a regular deck, 52?

Your math game galore is quite interesting and making it free is appreciable. It's great the way these games express thoughts and helps in overall development of a child's mind.

Thank you for sharing this fantastic teaching tool/game! I wish I'd stumbled acorss it earlier in the school year. Can't wait to share it with my students.

Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for the great games and way to manage them.

Thanks so much for sharing these! It will help me freshen up my games centre for sure!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Hello,

I am a teacher of Quebec. I had fun translating your math games for my personal use while creating pages in my style. However, I feed a blog for several years and I wondered if you would like me to publish my cards (your work I translated) on my blog while taking care to add a link to your blog in which my visitors may visit you. I await your response.

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you are working on your blog great . i will appreciate you for this. becuase they all good. child always want to spent his lot of fun specially when they play games. then i think that is a good idea for Learn Math Fast 1st Gratde to 6th Grade Math Practice and 9th Grame, with the games for all child student. so keep it up and well work.

Thank you! I love this! My students will get a kick out of this and I can use this as an incentive when work is complete! These things are what I love most because they think they get a treat and I have the satisfaction of knowing they are learning and loving it without even realizing! Yay!

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