I have assembled some of the math games that I use with my first graders at the beginning of each school year. I use these games to introduce some of the math tools we will use throughout the year. It is important to me that students are comfortable using the math tools because we will use some sort of tool each day!
The first page goes in our math interactive notebook. Students will lift a flap daily to write words or draw pictures that tell how we used each tool. At the end of the two weeks, students will be able to look back at this page as a reminder of ways to use each math tool.
These games can be played solo or with a partner. I like to focus on only these games for the first two weeks of school.
You will need the following tools for these games:
Dice (one for each student OR one per pair)
Base 10 blocks (9 units and 1 ten rod per student or pair)
Snap cubes (two colors for each student or pair)
The last tool is a mystery and will be introduced last. It’s our brains! An open mind is the most important math tool. I have students draw in a brain on the last day of the second week of school as a reminder that we’ll always have the most important tool with us.