3rd Grade Math Game Centers - 46 Hands-On Games for Math Workshop

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    Are you frustrated by the time you spend prepping math games for your 3rd graders only to find them confused by the game rules, missing game pieces, or in need of your support to play? Or maybe you're tired of math games that are really just worksheets repackaged as "games"?

    Say goodbye to those challenges as you welcome the most unique set of low-prep math games to your third grade classroom! Your collection of Core Inspiration hands on math games get students:

    ★ Problem solving

    ★ Talking with peers about math

    ★ Moving while practicing math

    ★ Independently growing as mathematicians


    The 46 hands-on 3rd grade math games included in this bundle are designed to provide your students with hands-on math practice, and build a foundational understanding for:

    ★ Addition & Subtraction (6 math games)

    ★ Area & Perimeter (6 math games)

    ★ Capacity & Mass (5 math games)

    ★ Data & Graphing (4 math games)

    ★ Fractions (6 math games)

    ★ Geometry (3 math games)

    ★ Multiplication & Division (6 math games)

    ★ Rounding (6 math games)

    ★ Telling Time & Elapsed Time (4 math games)



    No matter how you organize your math block, this resource makes it a breeze to incorporate hands-on math practice in your third grade classroom. Teachers have successfully used these games for:

    ★ Hands-on rotation during math workshop

    ★ Partner work /math with someone 

    ★ Low-prep station for aides and parent volunteers 

    ★ Guided math centers

    ★ Alternative assessment tool



    Addition & Subtraction Games:

    ★ To Regroup or Not To Regroup (recognize when regrouping is needed)

    ★ Add N' Roll (add multi-digit numbers with regrouping)

    ★ Pushing 1,000 (create an addition problem with a sum closest to 1,000)

    ★ Addition War (create an addition problem with the greatest possible sum)

    ★ Subtraction War (create a subtraction problem with the lowest possible difference)

    ★ Race To Zero (master subtraction with regrouping)

    Area & Perimeter Games:

    ★ Area Master (identify the area of rectangles)

    ★ Perimeter Master (identify the perimeter of rectangles)

    ★ Perimeter Possibilities (create models to show shapes with the same area can have different perimeters)

    ★ Perimeter Puzzle (measure the perimeter of polygons using a ruler)

    ★ Area Dash (create multiple polygons with the same area)

    ★ What's The Diffy? (create a rectangle with the least possible difference between the area and perimeter)

    Capacity & Mass Games:

    ★ Mass Speed Sort (reasoning about mass and selecting grams or kilograms to measure)

    ★ Capacity Speed Sort (reasoning about capacity and selecting milliliters or liters to measure)

    ★ Capacity War (compact and covert units of capacity with accuracy and speed)

    ★ Mass War (compact and covert units of mass with accuracy and speed)

    ★ Capacity & Mass Bingo (solve capacity & mass word problems that use the 4 operations)

    Data & Graphing Games:

    ★ Bar Graphing Races (draw scaled bar graphs with accuracy using different scales)

    ★ Pictographing Races (draw pictographs with accuracy using different keys)

    ★ Graphing Connect Four (answer word problems about pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots)

    ★ Graphing Direct Draw (draw pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots to represent data)

    Fraction Games:

    ★ Fraction Frenzy (identify equivalent fractions)

    ★ Fraction Fate (model and compare fractions)

    ★ Fraction War (compare fractions with the same denominator)

    ★ Who's In The Middle (compare fractions with the same numerator)

    ★ Equivalent Pursuit (identify simple equivalent fractions)

    ★ Number Line Dash (model fractions on a number line)

    Geometry Games:

    ★ Geometry Frenzy (master the characteristics of polygons)

    ★ Polygon Speed Sort (sort polygons according to characteristics)

    ★ Polygon Puzzler (use characteristic clues to identify polygons)

    Multiplication & Division Games:

    ★ Multiplication War (multiplication fact mastery and speed)

    ★ All In Order (multiplication fact mastery, comparing numbers)

    ★ First to 50 (multiplication fact mastery, identification of odd and even numbers)

    ★ Fact Family Dash (multiplication and division fact family mastery)

    ★ Inverse Operation Station (using multiplication and division as inverse operations)

    ★ Divide and Conquer (division fact fluency)

    Rounding Games:

    ★ Roll and Round (round numbers to the 10s, 100s, 1,000s, and 10,000s)

    ★ Rapid Rounder (round numbers to the nearest 100)

    ★ Rounding War (round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, or 1,000)

    ★ Round 'Em Up (round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, or 1,000)

    ★ Speed Round (round numbers to the nearest 1,000)

    ★ Rounding Sort (round numbers to the nearest 10)

    Telling Time Games:

    ★ Around the Clock (minutes associated with each position on the clock)

    ★ Telling Time Dash (telling and modeling time to the minute)

    ★ Elapsed Time Dash (determining and modeling elapsed time)

    ★ Race to the Hour (telling time to the minute and determining theelapsed time)



    This collection of math games makes it easy for you to supplement & enrich your third grade math curriculum. Your students can dig deeper into the concepts they have learned during the lessons and practice exercises provided by your curriculum through hands-on math modeling, movement, verbal communication, and problem solving.

    Each game is research-based, student-centered, aligned to 3rd grade math standards, tested in my third grade classroom, and then revised as needed to create a final product that gives your students a variety of opportunities to access engaging and challenging learning experiences. 



    Enrichment and rigor were top priorities when these 3rd grade math games were created. Each of the games in this collection includes suggestions for a challenge version of the game, making it easy to differentiate and meet the wide variety of needs in your classroom.



    These game cards are designed to promote student independence and self-directed learning. The format of each game card includes a consistent easy-to-read layout that gives students every detail they need to play successfully. Each game card includes:

    ★ Number of players

    ★ Objective (a standards-based goal for each game, along with ideas for making the game more challenging) 

    ★ Materials list (everything your students need to gather before playing)

    ★ Set-up instructions (how to arrange the playing space and how to determine who gets the first turn)

    ★ How to play (student-friendly instructions for playing and winning)



    Each math game is designed to make your life as a teacher easy. Most games use common math manipulatives, while others have quick print-and-laminate game pieces that you can reuse year after year. For a closer look at the supplies needed for each game, scroll through the preview pages above.



    ★ Designed to boost engagement, and make math fun through friendly competition.

    ★ Each game uses simple manipulatives which are listed in the preview.

    ★ Many games include movement and are perfect for your active learners.

    ★ Both full-color and black-line masters are provided for your printing preferences.



    ♥ “One of my favorite purchases from TpT EVER. My students absolutely love these engaging math games. Laura has put so much work into making this bundle and it really shows! So thankful for resources like this that make my life so much easier AND fun for students!” - Adelyn F.

    ♥ "I wish I had just purchased the bundle from the get-go. After purchasing two separate sets of these, I knew it was worth it to get it all.“ - Jennifer P.

    ♥ "Laura never disappoints…all her products are incredible! These games are easy to print/assemble and the kids love them! " - Haley S.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
    Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem.
    Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
    Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units-whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
    Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.


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