I wanted to give more information about how I do my math games. The math games I design are what I am using in my classroom with my kiddos. As the year goes by, the games get "harder," meaning that we are no longer working on those early math concepts from the beginning of the year (such as part/part/whole, and number combinations for 10, etc). The games match how we (myself and another first grade teacher in my district) created our curriculum this past summer to match the First Grade Common Core Standards and how we thought the pacing should be. We created the pacing, keeping in mind what our kiddos had struggled with in the past and making sure we had plenty of time to teach it and have our kids master what they need to. (ex... place value and double digit adding with regrouping!!) We were SO relieved when money was removed from our standards. It has become such a difficult task to teach our kiddos such an abstract concept---especially in a world where that uses credit cards 98% of the time! I would always have those kids who got it right away and those that are in second grade now that still have no clue....
Right now in math, we are working on place value and the 120 chart (soooo weird to say that instead of the 100's chart..) :) I do have to say that I absolutely LOVE the new standards. I feel that it ups the game for our kids and I am quite anxious to see how it plays out and how the kids take to it. (I have a love of math too----I'm always thinking about numbers, patterns..... just another reason I don't sleep at night!!!)
One thing that I had created and have on TpT for free is a game that helps kids understand the concept of the equal sign. What an important concept that we never really STRESSED so much to our kids. They really do think that the equal sign meant the answer, when really we need to be teaching them that it's kinda like a balance. One side is the SAME as the other side. A game that I used to first introduce it was my True/False Equations. They are looking at the number sentences and deciding whether they are true or false... Really thinking about if it's the right answer.. It still has them seeing it with an "answer" but it is the beginning of getting them to evaluate what's there. In some of my math games (which, I actually eliminated from my St. Patrick's Day and April Showers-- I believe--but it will resurface in May's games) is having 2 number sentences on both sides... (ex. 2+3=4+1) and having the kids decide if THOSE were true. That sorting IS included in my Dr. Seuss Math Games packet.
Click on the picture to take you to my TpT store to grab yourself a free copy of my True/False equations. It's an arctic animal theme again, but it could still work in your classroom for a few more weeks! :)
Last, I just wanted to say that I've only been doing this for the last 7 weeks. Crazy to think about what all I have created in that time. That being said, I do not have anything for the beginning of the year to post. (well, the first half of the year!) I will be working on those once I finish with the year. The last concept we teach will be Geometry and Fractions. We felt that we wanted our kids to end with a "fun" concept, that is FAIRLY easy for most students. (Plus there are SO many hands-on activities that we will have to do with the Geometry one specifically, to cover the standards! When better to do that than the end of the year when they are ready for summer!)
Thanks for reading! I know that I tend to get a bit wordy..... I'm working on that! (and trying to get better at uploading pictures from my camera so that I can share those with the world!!)