Math Fluency Practice Ideas
Play Math War -2 players.
Using a deck of cards, pass out cards evenly into two piles face down. Each player takes one pile. To play the game, each player turns over two cards. Whoever has cards that add up to the highest sum takes all four cards and adds them to the bottom of their pile. If there is a tie, the cards remain in the middle and each player turns over two more cards. Repeat this until there is no longer a tie. The player with the highest sum takes all the cards. Play until a player no longer has any cards. This can be done for subtraction as well.
*Jokers = Remove
*Aces = 1
*Face cards (Jack, Queen, King) = 0
Regular Board Games with Math Practice
Using a favorite board game (checkers, Candyland, Sorry, etc) add math facts to part of the game. Each player must correctly answer a math fact before taking their turn. This can be done with flashcards, or by turning over 2 cards from a regular deck of cards. This can be done for games such as Jenga as well. Face cards = 0.
When Playing games such as Uno, have each player add the card they lay to the number they are laying the card on. Specialty cards (Skip, Reverse, etc) = 10.
Play Beat the Calculator
Using either flashcards or a deck of cards (in this case turn over 2 cards at a time) one player types the problem into a calculator while the other answers verbally. The first to get the answer gets a point. Play to 10 points then switch roles.
Write math facts on a slip of paper or popsicle stick. Add to the mix several papers or sticks that say SNAP. Players take turns taking a paper/stick and answering the fact. If the fact is answered correctly, the player keeps it. If not, it is replaced. If the player draws a SNAP, all facts are returned.
- Play Math memory - Make cards with facts on some cards and the answers on others. Find matches.
- Create a scavenger hunt using math facts.
- iPad Apps (Sushi Monster, Terrific Triangles are two great ones!)
- Random practice – in the car, on a walk, while making dinner. Start a timer for 1 minute (or 2, 3, etc) and see how many your child can answer correctly before it beeps.