Go Fish with a Math Twist

Each year my son’s school throws together a night to celebrate math and play games. We always come home with a new handful of games that we love to play and that encourage him to practice math. The added perk is that his little sister gets a lesson in math, too, as she tries to join us in all the games. A game we have been playing recently is a version of Go Fish with a math twist. What You Will Need: Deck of cards with numbers (UNO, Phase 10, Regular face cards – remove any cards with letters because. . .

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Numbers, Counting, and Place Value with Cheerios

Sure. Kids can count. If they’ve memorized really well and “get” the pattern, they can count to a hundred! But do they know what all those numbers mean? When I realized that my son was easily reciting his numbers without the knowledge of place value (tens, hundreds, thousands) I pulled out the Cheerios (our favorite counting food) and several plastic cups. Counting by tens We placed a handful of Cheerios into the first cup and estimated the number of cereal pieces. To find out how many Cheerios were in the cup, rather than straight counting, I challenged the boys. “Each. . .

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