Like many teachers, you may be in the depths of distance learning right now. Trying to get the hang of conducting classes virtually. It’s a lot, I know! But don’t worry; you aren’t as limited by the virtual classroom format as you may think. There are so many amazing math games you can use to make class fun and engaging-even from afar!
Today I want to show you how to use one of my most versatile math games resources- my Simply STEAM math games. They are digital math games for K-3 that can be used for distance learning. In fact, your students can use it on pretty much any device!
Check out my post about 3 ways that math games benefit students here!
Here’s a quick demonstration!
Digital Math Games
Just because it is designed for distance learning doesn’t mean you are limited to only using it while we are teaching virtually. You can use them in your classroom as long as you have a way to access them. So today, I want to share with you how and when to use them and how to use them to practice a particular skill.
Here’s what’s included in these Digital Math Games
When you buy these math games, they will be in a Google folder, and you’ll get a pdf choice board. It comes with 16 math games with 20 questions per game.
Don’t worry; you’ll get instructions for how to play and how to download to PowerPoint. You’ll also get recording sheets so you can track your students’ performance.
How to Play:
Start with the digital choice board. There are hyperlinks for 16 games in each grade level bundle to choose from.
When you find the game you want to play, tap it, and then click “Make A Copy.” This will ensure that you aren’t tampering with the main game and that all students will have accurate games.
At the top right, you’ll need to click “Present” mode. This game does not have moving pieces. It’s a tapping game, so you’ll only be able to play in “Present” mode.
You can use the buttons on the screen to navigate the game. The orange button goes back to the previous question. The green button goes to the next question.
The goal is to feed the monster! When your students answer the questions correctly, they feed the monster a snack. This is a really cute incentive to keep working hard. The kids LOVE seeing the apples disappear.
Finally, you can record the answers on a whiteboard or paper. These also serve as a great way for students to practice a new skill and show their thinking.
There are different ways or times to play these games:
- Independently for math centers or virtual learning
- Interactive whiteboard for the whole group or math centers
- Tablets or mobile devices in the car, for homeschool, or while waiting at the bank
- Daily warmups through Zoom, in teams, or with SeeSaw just doing 4 – 5 slides at a time
Here’s how you can get them:
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