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Teaching mathematics creatively

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From: Tim G. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Feb 04, 2000 at 15:57:47
Subject: Re: Teaching mathematics creatively

This is a game that I have played with my kids with a lot of success. The kids are grouped into groups of four and each group gets a deck of playing cards. Each child is dealt two cards from the deck. The first person goes by turning his or her cards over and adding them together. They write the sum onto a piece of paper. Then the next person goes, and so on until everyone in the group has gone once. New cards are dealt and the process repeated, only this time the students add the sum from the first round to the sum from the second round. The goal is to be the first one to get to 100 or above. The other students can check the addition facts of the people in their group. The same game works for subtraction by having them start with 100 points and subtracting the difference between their cards. Dice and dominos are another way of teaching addition and subtraction. They can roll the dice or pick two dominos and add them together. A way of extension is to add extra dice or dominos to the game. For your higher kids you might try and find two different colors of dice, with one color standing for the 1's and the other standing for the 10's. In this case, they would need at least 2 of each color. You could continue this for as many different color sets of dice you have. Dice and dominos are also nice because the kids who need more help can physically count the dots on the face. Good luck. You can do it! -Tim G., for the Teacher2Teacher service

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