Not too long ago, I received a poor review on my word problems game from a teacher who said that they took too long. They were difficult for students! I get that. That’s frustrating for the teacher and the students.
Unfortunately, that’s also a part of our curriculum, and we still need to teach it. Although you can’t use the cards in the same way that you can use the other Simply STEAM math games, you can still benefit from these cards by using them in different ways.
Today, I’m going to show you how you can benefit from these games with these different strategies. For tips on when to play math games in your classroom, check out my post here.
Here’s how you do it…
Place a start at the top of each card. Next, take two or three cards and mix them with the other deck of cards in each Simply STEAM math game. Now students will recognize these cards as bonus cards. They will automatically know that these cards are extra challenging and if they answer correctly, they will earn double the points!
Now that these word problems have just been sprinkled throughout each game, they’ll have multiple opportunities to practice solving two step word problems. This will also cut down on the time it takes to solve all 40 two step word problems.
Problem of the Day
Another way you can use these cards is to have a Problem of the Day. Display one card first thing in the morning, and give students time throughout the day to solve that problem. If you have stickers, points, or tickets, you can give students the amount (indicated on the card) and enter them in for a drawing.
You will need prizes for this. I recommend having extra pencils, math games, or STEM bags put together for this.
Have students answer two or three questions. If students can prove their answers and explain to the class how they solved the problem, then they get to add marbles to the jar. This is great for creating math discourse and motivates the students to write out their thinking.
Of course, give students a reward once they meet a certain number of marbles. I think 20 marbles is a good number!
I also think it makes it a little more motivating. What do you think?
There are so many benefits to playing math games in your classroom. If you want to read a little more about them, check out my post here!