5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking: 6 Math Partner Games for Common Core

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These six games cover every CCSS-aligned fifth grade operations and algebraic thinking topic for only $1 each! The games reinforce the 5.OA.A.1, 5.OA.A.2, and 5.OA.B.3, standards, including skills such as:

• Using parentheses, brackets, and braces in numerical expressions
• Evaluating expressions
• Describing and interpreting the relationship between expressions without calculating them
• Writing numerical expressions for numbers with operation words
• Generating two numerical patterns using two given rules
• Forming ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns
• Graphing the the ordered pairs from the pattern on a coordinate plane

Although the games are perfect for two player math stations, math centers, math tubs, etc., you can engage your students in meaningful problem solving discussions by having them all play the same game at the same time for about 10 minutes per day. This is a math partner game routine I've created and explained thoroughly in the product download (click the "Preview" button to the right to read about it now.) These are the three main benefits to having all kids play the same game at the same time: 1) You can conduct mini-lessons and strategy discussions around shared experiences before and after game play, 2) You can focus on facilitating critical thinking and observing students' problem solving attempts during game play, and 3) Students play the same game for a week, so you have lots of targeted opportunities for reinforcing higher-level thinking skills, identifying and addressing misconceptions, and scaffolding student learning.

There are so many games included in this product that you can play some during math partner game routines, use some as small group lessons or whole class lesson activities, place some in your math centers, and even send some home for students to play with their families! The game cards and resources can double as student manipulatives during math lessons. Each and every one of these versatile games features:

- Integration of higher-level thinking and critical thinking skills (not just rote practice)
- Hands-on activities through which kids actively construct knowledge: no worksheets!
- Options for open-ended game play so that students are not "finished" until time is up
- "Challenge" activities to extend game play and/or differentiate it
- "Math Talk" questions/prompts to encourage students to analyze strategies and reflect orally or in writing about what they're learning

These two player math games were created for (not retro-fitted to) the increased rigor of the CCSS, so they will be challenging for most students. The games are designed to help you model and reinforce the math practices and core content skills that students will need when solving complex, multi-step word problems. Here's what you'll get in the product download:

* 20 pages of info and forms that contain everything you need to get started with math partner games. There are blank partner game lists, tips (with photos!) for how to create/ store/ organize/ distribute/ collect the games, and lots of ideas for how the games can be used for skill-based mini lessons and math journal reflections.

* 6 pages of game instructions: there's one page for each game, featuring the materials needed, directions for game play, a Challenge activity, Math Talk
questions/prompts, the CCSS alignment, and student-friendly "I Can" statements.

* 27 pages of old-fashioned sweets themed game boards, cards, and other colorful and fun materials for game play. Most of the materials are open-ended and can be used in lots of different ways so you have fewer items to print and create. The only additional items you need to provide are paperclips to make spinners.

UPDATED: PRINT AND GO! You now get a zip folder with purchase that includes individual PDFs for each game! If you only want to print and use one game at a time, you can easily print just the PDF with that game’s instructions and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: I have adapted each game concept to meet the level of rigor required at the corresponding grade level, and no two games are exactly alike. However, because there is some overlap in the CCSS between grade levels, some of the games and materials in the 1st-5th grade operations and algebraic thinking products are similar. Please keep this in mind when considering whether to purchase games for multiple grade levels.

I'm in the process of creating Common Core aligned math partner games for all CCSS domains in grades 1-5. If you'd like to receive an email from TpT when I've added a new grade level or skill/concept to the math partner games product series, click "Follow" at the top of my store page.


See what other teachers are saying!

Fun way to create math stations. - Susan A.

This is a wonderful resource to help instruct this concept. - Kathy Lindsey

My students really enjoyed the games. - Denise Y.

Great product! So helpful to have many choices of games to reinforce skills! - Dayna D.

Just what I was looking for, can't wait to start using it. - Jakki Wiseman

Great tool for my classroom. - Kirsten H.


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Be sure to check out my website where there are hundreds of pages of classroom management resources that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable! You'll find photos, activities, printable forms/posters, and more.


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5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking: 6 Math Partner
5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking: 6 Math Partner
5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking: 6 Math Partner
5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking: 6 Math Partner