Who says math instruction can’t be all fun and games? Using 2nd grade math games in the classroom is a fun and engaging way to reinforce important skills objectives. Think that these activities are just a game? Think again! Using math games as part of the math block is not only fun but can also:
Setting up and implementing math games can be as easy as 1-2-3 if you follow these suggestions for the best 2nd grade classroom math routines. Keep reading to learn more about five teacher-tested and student-approved math games!
1. Card Games
Students love playing card games, and it is something they can easily carry over to home practice. (Hot tip: Teachers can find affordable decks of cards at dollar stores.) Teachers love using card games during math instruction because there is little to no prep involved & the students are actively engaged and working on mastering math skills.
We Are Teachers put together a great list of 28 Math Games That Turn Students into Aces.
There is SO much to say about Toothy, so let’s keep it simple. Toothy is an amazingly engaging game for students, and can be used with ANY concept! If you are new to Toothy, start here: Toothy Task Kits.
Kids will love creating those tooth-filled smiles and will be working on standards-based activities! BONUS: Toothy is self-checking when printed/copied double-sided!
Try a Math Toothy Activity
3. Seasonal Centers
Students love all the seasonal things! Lucky Little Learners has seasonal math centers for the whole school year! Each month includes 10 centers all working on standards-based activities.
Try a Math Center
4. Math Puzzles
Math puzzles are always a hit in the classroom! (And what a great way to build math routines while working on a skill!) With several versions available: black and white, color, scrambled or non scrambled, there is a way to incorporate this into any classroom!
Read more about math puzzles: Math Puzzles In The Classroom.
Try a Math Puzzle
An amazing (whole group) math game to do with your class is an Esti-Mystery! Put together by Steve Wyborney, these math games work on estimation, skip counting, even and odd….and on and on! Incorporate these daily or once a week. Your students will love it! Head over to his blog to check them out: New Esti-Mystery Resources Every Day!
BONUS: More FREE Math Games and Routines for Your Classroom
1. Spin and Stack is a game that can be used when teaching students about fractions. More specifically, it’s great for estimating fractions to the nearest one, zero, and half.
2. Interactive Notebooks: Try this interactive notebook sample! This particular activity works on three-digit numbers. The students will build the number with base ten blocks, spell it using word form, and expand it with expanded form.
Hopefully, these math games make your math block even more enjoyable and effective! Happy teaching!