Games for Math and Social Skills

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We have started a collection of links to games for building math and social skills.
Flux - suggested by Gina Kietzmann
This is a card game that starts with simple rules: Draw one, play one - but at first there is no way to win. As the game progresses the rules change and the goal changes. It takes a couple of times to get use to the game but once that happens students love to play it. I use it as a way to teach conditional statements.
Human Graph Theory - The Math Forum
The Math Forum's 1998 Summer Institute began with a graph theory game based on Toss and Sort, designed to help the group learn each other's names and get acquainted.
Human Knot - Moving Beyond Icebreakers
This is an exercise in teamwork and following directions from peers, as well as give-and-take.
Lonesome Llama - Connexions
Students will be trying, through talk only, to identify the unique card in a set of 46 cards distributed among a group. The characteristics that distinguish the cards are mathematical--such as the number, type, and orientation of geometric figures. The mathematical goals of this activity are for students to develop ways to describe the distinctive features within a set of diagrams that are largely alike and to develop a procedure for sorting the diagrams by those features, without showing or giving their cards to anyone else. We use it to discuss problem solving and the use of Lonesome Llama Cards (pdf).
Mathematical Games - suggested by Ken Nisbet
All games are "full knowledge" games for two players.
Prisoner's Dilemma - Serendip
Prisoners' Dilemma is a game which has been and continues to be studied by people in a variety of disciplines, ranging from biology to sociology and public policy.
The Quiet Game - The Math Forum
Use the print-ready puzzles to make a game to encourage cooperative learning with your students.
SET Game - suggested by Andrea
This card game was put online by the company. There's a new puzzle every day and each puzzle has 6 sets. My students love to play this as a reward.
Traffic Jam - The Math Forum
Find the minimum number of hops and jumps that allows six people in a single-file line of seven stepping stones to reverse their order. Experiment online with a Java activity. View the human body version.
Zin Obelisk - D. Francis and D. Young, University Associates, Inc.
A team problem-solving game in which information is distributed to team members concerning a building project and they practice collaboration and basic geometry and calculation skills to figure out the day on which construction was completed.

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