There is a lot of debate about using math games in the classroom. Some people believe that math games are nothing more than a waste of time, while others see them as a valuable tool for teaching math. In this blog post, we will take a look at 5 reasons why you should use math games in your primary classroom!
Maths Games are an integral part of my Maths lessons. Lesson warm-ups, engaging learners, centre activities, 5 minute fillers and math lessons – games can be it all! However, to run your maths games successfully in your classroom you need routine and structure. My “How To Guide” to using Maths Games can help you! Download you FREE guide.
I have always been a fan of using games in my maths lessons. As a students myself, I remember playing Greedy Pig and having Timestables races! I loved maths, so I always loved playing the games, but there were always kids who weren’t engaged. The place for Maths Games in the curriculum has changed. Now the emphasis is on games that are fun, but engaging for all students. They don’t favour the kids who are naturally fast or able to answer questions in their head – rather concentrate on collaboration, building skills and getting your brain ready to learn.
1. Math Games are Fun and Engaging
One of the main reasons math games are so beneficial is because they are fun! When students are engaged and having fun, they are more likely to retain the information they are learning. Games also provide a great opportunity for students to work together and bond as a class. They are a great way to get students warmed up and ready to learn. They help to increase focus and attention and get those math brains thinking!
2. Math Games are Easy to Set Up and Pack Up
Another great reason to use math games in your classroom is that they are easy to set up and pack up. There is no need for any complicated materials or prep work. All you need is a few math game printables and some dice or counters and you’re ready to go!
3. Maths Games are Easy to Differentiate
Differentiating instruction is a breeze with math games! It’s easy to adjust the difficulty of the game to meet the needs of all learners in your class. You can also use games to target specific skills that need extra practice.
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4. Maths Games Are a Great Way to Revise Previous Topics
Maths games are also a great way to revise previous topics. They provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their learning and retain the information they have learned. Games are also a great way to revise, practice and consolidate maths skills.
5. Playing Maths Games with Others is Powerful
When students play math games with their classmates, they have the opportunity to learn from each other and build math fluency. Games also provide a great opportunity for students to practice important social skills such as turn-taking, following rules, and being a good sport.
So there you have it – 5 reasons why you should use maths games in your primary classroom! math games are a valuable tool that can be used to engage students, review important concepts, and practice social skills.