Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Bug Math Game

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, today’s resource is a fun, simple math game I created for young learners. When I first started substitute teaching, I always tried to have my own creative lessons and activities that I could bring with me to classrooms in different grades. I found this left the kids excited to have me, and relieved some of the pressure the classroom teachers felt to ensure they left me full day's plans. However, as a substitute who is trouncing from classroom to classroom you can’t always be lugging around mass quantities of materials, so simple is the best approach. The same logic goes for busy parents with an endless to-do list or a classroom teacher with a variety of competing demands.

This game hits the mark in terms of simplicity. All you need is a set of dice for half the class and the handout, leaving both the prep and needed materials minimal. I used this as an early finisher activity all the way up to grade eight (even the older kids like a break to be a kid now and again) or paired it with a Valentine’s Day picture book to turn it into a math activity for the primary grades. It is a great lesson for number identification for early learners. I always kept the students switching partners, which made this is a great social and interactive activity that fills up the spare moments of time before transitioning to something else.

Materials Needed
  • One game board handout per every two students
  • Pencils, crayons or markers
  • One die per every two students

  • Partner students or allow them to choose their own
  • Hand out one game board and one die to each pair
  • Highlight the rules at the top of the page and then explain the rules of the game 

  • Each student will take turns rolling the die
  • The student will then look at the number on the die and locate the body part that corresponds to that number
  • The student then draws that body part on their side of the game sheet
  • Keep taking turns until someone completes their love bug

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