If your student is struggling to learn their math facts, you have probably found yourself frustrated and wanting to pull your hair out more than a few times. I didn’t think my children would ever learn their multiplication facts! I’m certain at the time, I had invested in just about every program out there and to no avail. It wasn’t until we started playing games that I realized that teaching math facts with games was not only going to save my sanity, but it would allow for some levity in our school day.
Resources for Teaching Math Facts
The best thing about teaching math facts, is that most resources that you need are already found around your house. A deck of cards, a pair of dice and note cards are all you need to get started.
Addition Math Facts Game
We had a great time practicing our addition facts with this card game. This game can be used two ways. It can be played like Go Fish, where each player is given five cards and there is a pick up pile. If the player has the addition problem, they can ask for the sum. If the player has the sum card they have to decide which numbers make up the sum and ask for the addition problem. Having to use higher order reasoning as they figure out what to ask for is what makes this game so great!
If you want to just work on math facts these cards can be played like a memory game. Take turns flipping cards over until you find a match with the addition problem and sum.
I did a Facebook video explaining the game more here:
Make your own game with notecards or Grab your Free addition math facts here:
Use Playing Cards to Teach Math Facts
The use for playing cards in math is just about endless. There are so many math concepts that can be taught using a deck of playing cards.
Addition, Subtraction, multiplication… no problem! All is fair in war. Play this game by taking a deck of cards and removing all the face cards. Divide the deck between two players.
Addition– Have each player turn over two cards at the same time and quickly add up their cards. The player with the highest Sum wins the round and keeps all 4 cards.
Subtraction– Each player turns over 2 cards at the same time. They quickly subtract their two numbers, using the largest number as the starting point. The player with the biggest difference wins.
Multiplication- Each player turns over two cards and multiplies them, the player with the largest product wins the round.
If you want to add an extra challenge to the game, you could have both players only turn over one card and the player that reaches the answer first gets to keep both cards.
Using Dice to Teach Math Facts
Can you Make that Number?
This is a simple and fun game that can be played multiple ways.
- Playing alone- Choose either the 2 dice or 3 dice option. Have your student roll the dice and choose to either add or subtract what is rolled. They then need to find the sum or difference on the worksheet and color it in. Game ends once they have a full row colored in. (This can be played until just 1 row is complete, a box around the game board is filled in, or all numbers are filled in.)
- Playing with a partner- Choose the 2 or 3 dice worksheet. Each player gets a different colored pencil. They take turns rolling the dice and deciding if they want to add or subtract. They then find the number on the worksheet and color it in. If there are no numbers available by either adding or subtracting then they loose their turn. The winner is the one with the most squares colored in.
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