Are your students still working on fluently learning multiples and divisors? Do they struggle with one factor in particular? Let me guess – 7? 11? (I know there is a joke in there somewhere right?)
Garbage is a great way to isolate numbers to help your students work multiplying and recognizing patterns.
In this game you will get 11 games to multiples to 12.
To play garbage - students deal out 12 cards upside down in 2 rows of six. If playing with a partner, students will alternate turns, but this game can also be played individually. Next draw a card from the remaining cards and place it where it belongs – there are mats provided to help students remember which multiple they are looking for. So if you're playing with the 7s deck and the player draws 21 - that is the third card from the top left of the rows. Place the card there, and pick up the upside down card. If it is a number that has not be placed on the board, continue placing cards and picking up the upside down card until you get repeat card.
Place the repeat in the "garbage" pile. If playing with a partner, this starts their turn to draw a card from the pile and continuing to build the number sequence. If the card is already there, discard the repeat into the garbage pile and continues taking turns until the board is finished.
When finished, students should read and count the cards to check and correct any that are misplaced. The game provides a lot of opportunities for students to explain what they know about the relationship of numbers. As you model with your students, be sure to explain how you know where to place a card in relationship to the other numbers visible. Modeling this behavior repeatedly is important so that the students replicate it when they are playing with a partner or individually.
My students love this game and beg to play it all through out the day. For an additional challenge you can have your students place the cards in reverse order! I hope your students do too. As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm hoping to update this with photos of my storage and students playing it so that you have more visuals!