I love using grammar and math games for my literacy and math centers because they provide focused practice with a routine. I also love the organization of these games. One thing I do not like – is prepping. I want to give you some tips on how to prep Simply STEAM math and grammar games. I hope it is as simple and easy as possible for you.
Nothing startles me more than hearing from teachers who’ve laminated everything. If that’s your thing, cool! But, if you’re like me, you probably want to avoid spending your precious time prepping.
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Here’s what you’ll need
- Printed Grammar or Math Games
- Photo Organizer Container or Baggies
- Laminating Pouches
- Hot Glue
If you purchase a Math Games Bundle or Grammar Games Bundle, you will not need to print every page. You’ll only need to print the game cards and the gameboard. The Race for 20 and STEM to Win resources are the same for all games.
How to Prep Simply STEAM Labels
Print the labels on cards stock. You’ll have the option of color or black and white ink after you’ve printed the labels, laminate them, and cut them.
Finally, use hot glue to attach the labels to the photo organizer containers or place them inside a baggie.
How to Prep Simply STEAM Game Cards
Each game includes 40 self-checking cards. You’ll need to make sure you have the printing capability of front to back before printing. The game cards are on the last ten pages of the resource.
Print front to back using long-edge binding, and then cut the game cards using a chopper.
When printing the game cards, print front to back using long-edge binding. Place the cards in the corresponding photo organizer container or a ziplock bag. I recommend testing with one page before you decide to print them all.
How to Organize
Once your games are ready to go, you’ll need to organize your game boards. I like to print the black and white game board onto Astrobright paper. Then, I fold the paper in quarters and place it in the photo organizer container along with game pieces.
We either use these personalized game pieces or math manipulatives for game pieces.
I like to keep the STEM to Win and Race to 20 games at my teacher’s table because I play with my students during small groups when we are just learning the skill.
Students use the game boards during their center time independently.
I hope your prep is quick and easy, and your class has a blast learning with Simply STEAM math and grammar games! Happy learning!!