Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Hot Ideas: Mathematics Games

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Hot Ideas: Mathematics Games

Article excerpt

Hot Ideas may be reproduced for educational purposes provided the source is acknowledged. Hot Ideas for this edition compiled by Bell Frolchenko and Janette Bobis.

Children love to play mathematics games. Giving them the opportunity to invent their own games can challenge their understanding of mathematics in a very different way to simply playing them. It can also reinforce their logical and sequential thinking skills as they ensure their instructions are clearly articulated to an audience.

The games in this issue of Hot Ideas were invented by Year 6 students and focus on fractions--an area of mathematics that is notoriously a major stumbling block for students in the middle years. Students in your class may like to play these games as a stimulus for inventing their own!

Conversion Bingo

By Catriona Feeney and Nyssa Booth, Wheeler Heights Public School, NSW.

Number of players:

3 people--2 players--1 caller

Resources

--1 copy of Sheet 1, cut out individual percentage cards.

--20 counters.

--1 copy of Sheet 2, cut out Bingo Fraction cards.

How to play

1. Each player takes a Bingo Fraction card.

2. Percentage cards are shuffled and placed face down in a pile.

3. Caller takes a percentage card from pile. …

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