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Math night games
Old 10-07-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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We are having a math night soon at our school.

All games are being played in the gym. The families will travel around to different tables.

I need some games to make. I guess I could use store bought games but I would like to make something different.

Any ideas?


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bottle caps
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The topic of using plastic bottle caps has been discussed a lot on the first grade board. And we have been sharing lots of different ways to use them. One poster wrote in about using milk bottle caps. She writes a math problem (your choice of the operation, depending on what's appropriate) on the top and the answer on the bottom. Then the kids can flip it over and see if they were correct. I suppose you could use a generic game board (carlscorner.us.com has a bunch) to make it more of a game.

Is this what you had in mind?

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Mathcats has some ideas for 18 centers spread around a gym that may give you some ideas.
http://www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/...html#mathnight

Some of the Mathcat stations are
Estimation ( jars of coins, sweets..... )
Tangrams (provide pictures of shapes to cover with pieces) and geoboards
Measuring
Bean bag toss and bowling center
Probability

Modules can also be found here:
http://orion.math.iastate.edu/mathni...ities/modules/

Each center has a trifold explaining the activity along with the materials to do the activity. If you provide a set number of seats at a table it will restrict the number of people at a center at any one time.

Some fun ideas I read about :
Wrapping paper symmetry- make your own paper
Topology tricks
Modular bead bracelets- make and take.


Other ideas from http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/~eyoung/FM...ath_night.html
http://www.thinkingfountain.org/n/noodle/noodle.html

Noodles Design the tallest tower that will stand up using spaghetti and marshmallows. Provide a meter tape on a wall for measuring height.

Spinning tops using cardboard triangles, rectangles and squares with geometric patterns created on them ( and skewers)

3D constructions with pipecleaners and straws- set a challenge eg. make a bridge that will support a book

String Geometry (curve 'stitching') boards with nails spaced at intervals in an L shape and yarn for winding:
http://math.youngzones.org/Curve_stitching.html
http://www.mathcats.com/crafts/stringart.html

Are you square
? Know your own body shape: http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/~eyoung/FMN/square.html

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There is an awesome book called "Family Math." I don't have it here at home, but I can get more info at work tomorrow. The whole book is math activities to teach families. Its a GREAT resource!!!
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Great site for games
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Try Shari Sloane's web site and click on math. We are going to have a math and science night soon also and I plan to use some of her game
ideas.

www.kidscount1234.com


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Fall Leaves
Old 10-08-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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I have attached Fall Leaves Falling a subtraction game.

Players roll two 12-sided dice and subtraction. The student write their answer in the blank. The first person to have four in a row wins.
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12 sided dice?
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Where do you find 12 sided dice?
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Teacher store or
Old 10-18-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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A game store that features dungeons and dragons type games. Our local mall has one. Sometimes comic book type stores have them.
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