Something that I love to do in my math classroom is play games! Games keep the kids interested and are a sneaky way to reinforce concepts or make them think critically while they are having fun.
I play lots of different games with my classes – mini whiteboard games, card games, game show games, and bingo games, as well as miscellaneous other games. One of the games I am most excited about that I will be playing with my kids this year is Noggle!
Noggle is a fun PowerPoint game that reinforces the order of operations. Here is how the game is played:
It only takes 3 minutes to play so it makes a great warmup activity! I think that this year I will be playing this game with some of my classes on the first day of school when our class period is only about 15 minutes. My plan is to put the kids in groups, have them work together to find as many expressions as possible. (I have a worksheet for them that goes along with the game). I am then going to have the groups trade papers and check each others’ expressions. It should fill that shortened class period perfectly!
The game includes a version with all positive numbers and a version with both positive and negative numbers. I am really looking forward to playing the negative version with my kids during our unit on integers – it should make a great review activity!
The animations of the board being “shaken” each time you play are fun – see the video below of the game in motion:
There is also a letter version of the game which Language Arts teachers could use in whatever way they want – to make as many words as they can or any other creative ideas they may have!
Thanks for reading,