If you have 5 minutes to spare in the classroom, you have time for a math game. There are loads of different games that you can use to let the students have some fun while they review and practice important math skills.
Today I have 2 games that are quick and simple to play and learn!
Most of you will be familiar with the game Celebrity Heads. Well, with a few small changes this game can be used to practice number skills.
Number Heads can be played in a similar way to the Celebrity Heads game where 3 players attempt to name their celebrity.
For the number version, 3 players are chosen to stand with their backs to the wall or board while they face the audience. Each player then has a number put up on the wall behind them so that they can’t see the number but everyone else can.
Each player then asks Yes/No questions about their number. E.g. Am I an even number? Am I larger than 100? Do I have 3 digits?
When a player receives a No answer, the next player starts his turn. The winner is the first player to guess her number correctly.
3 Rolls to Make 100
For this game you will need 2 dice, a pencil and paper for each player.
In this version, players attempt to create 3 numbers that will add to 100 or as close as possible to 100.
To play, the teacher or a player rolls the 2 dice and tells the two numbers that are rolled.
Players make a 2 digit number from these 2 numbers, e.g. roll 3 and 5 and students can record 35 or 53. Once the number is recorded, it can’t be changed.
Repeat twice so that players have recorded three 2 digit numbers.
Players add these three numbers together and the player who is closest to 100 is the winner.
If you have time you can play several rounds.
Students use lots of different skills as they choose their numbers and add them. Sometimes working out who is closest to 100 creates a great discussion with more skills required to calculate this.
More advanced versions of this game could include:
5 Rolls to Make 200: Roll 2 dice three times to create three, 2 digit numbers. Add them together. Aim to get as close as possible to 200.
3 Rolls to Make 1000: Roll 3 dice three times to create three, 3 digit numbers. Add them together. Aim to get as close as possible to 1000.
2 Rolls to Make 7000: Roll 4 dice two times to create two, 4 digit numbers. Add them together and aim to get as close as possible to 7000.
If you’d like more quick simple math games to use with your students, then check out my Fantastic Math Games Freebie with 5 more games that you and the students will love to play!
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