Have you been hearing anything about Toothy Task Kits lately? Toothy will quickly become your students’ favorite game to play as an early finisher or center activity. This post highlights what Toothy is, how to play, materials needed, and other commonly asked questions. We also have a free Toothy game to share with you to use in your classroom!
What is Toothy?
Toothy is a game that can be played independently, with a partner, or in a small group. Toothy is the actual character that is used to play the game. Toothy has a big, open mouth in which the students draw teeth every time he/she answers a question correctly. There are four Toothy characters who are a mix of genders and ethnicities.
How to Play
Each partner gets a Toothy mat and dry erase marker. Students will take turns choosing a card. Each student who is playing the game will solve the problem on their Toothy mat or dry erase board. When all who are playing have answered the question, they compare their answers and then turn the card over to check to see if their answer is correct. Those who have a correct answer get to draw a tooth in Toothy’s mouth on their mat.
If the student’s answer is incorrect, they do not draw a tooth and those who got the answer correct must explain how they got to the correct answer. Then the next student draws the next card and the process is repeated. The game is over once all 27 cards have been answered. The student with the most teeth in Toothy’s mouth is the winner of the game.
- Toothy Mat (one per student)
- Expo Marker
- Eraser (black socks work great)
- Toothy Task Cards
- Optional: (affiliate link) Pocket Pals Page Protectors
How to Organize
I prefer to store each Toothy set in the colorful Photo & Craft Keepers. They can be found on Amazon or in Michael’s stores. That being said, this isn’t a requirement. I have also seen them stored in plastic baggies, file folders, or even just bound with a rubber band and placed in a basket.
Each Toothy Task Kit comes with a set of Toothy mats that are specific to the skill. There are also a set of Toothy mats that are generic and not skill specific. If you choose to print the skill specific mats, these can be stored in file folders, as seen below. If you choose to print the generic Toothy mats, these can be stored in a basket next to the Toothy Task Kits.
Are these a lot of prep?
NO! This is why teachers are loving these games! The Toothy cards have been designed to allow for back to back printing. The answers print nicely on the back of each problem card. Then laminate, cut, and you’re ready to go.
How many sets should you print?
This all depends on how you plan to use them in your classroom. Ask yourself these questions:
- Will you be using them as centers or early finishers? Something else?
- Will your students play this game independently? With a partner? In a small group?
- Do you want your students to all be playing the game at the same time?
This should help guide you to your answer. Yes, more than one set will fit in each plastic container too.
Do these games require a lot of correcting?
Nope! Another reason teachers are loving Toothy! The cards all have answers on the back. It’s instant feedback for the students and there’s absolutely no correcting for you! That being said, if you want to use this activity to check each students’ level of understanding, give them a piece of paper and have them record the answer and problem. This will provide you with their evidence of understanding of the skill being practiced.
What are other teachers saying about Toothy?
“I can’t wait for my 2nd graders to get there hands on this! What I love is it’s the same game with the same rules, just different math concepts. That way I don’t have to spend a lot of time teaching the game, rather they’ll learn it & be able to play the rest of the year. Thank you!”
“The BEST math skill review game ever! My kiddos just love this and ask to play everyday. Thanks for a wonderful resource!”
“My students are really enjoying using these! I love that it’s the same game with different standards being covered. Makes my life much easier and the kids love it! Thank you!”
“I see what all the craze is about with this. How fun! This is a super easy, super low stress center to put out for the kids. I love that it is differentiated, and allows for student choice with skills or teacher directed reinforcement of skills. Thank you!”
Can you try these for free?
Absolutely! In fact, I encourage teachers to give them a try but I can guarantee that once you students play Toothy, they will be begging you for more! Download a free set of Toothy by clicking signing up below!
- Phonics Toothy® (1st & 2nd Grade)
- Math Toothy® (1st & 2nd Grade)
- Grammar Toothy® (2nd & 3rd Grade)
- Math Toothy® (3rd Grade)
- ELA Toothy® (Kindergarten)
- Math Toothy® (Kindergarten)
- Reading Toothy® (1st Grade)
- Reading Toothy® (2nd Grade)
- Reading Toothy® (3rd Grade)
- Toothy Mats Bundle
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