I was recently at a training with some great elementary teachers from Steamboat Springs Colorado. I got this great idea from Allie who teaches Math Tag as Odd or Even. In this game students start with one hand behind their back. They say “Ready, Set, Go” and then show each other their hands. They then need to add their fingers together and shout out odd or even! What a great way to practice odd or even.
Another spin on Math Tag is to give students a starting number. For our example we will say our number is 10. When students show each other their hands they then add up the number of fingers and then then subtract that number from 10, or multiply number by 10!
One more spin for the little guys. When playing with Kinders they take turns saying the number of fingers their partner holds up on one hand. When I want to differentiate for the math advanced kinder I have their partner use two hands. As soon as they say the correct number they chase their partner. You can have them chase in a boundary area like the older students or just chase partner straight back to a designated line.
These games work great for my students when we are practicing partner picking guidelines because we switch partners every 1-2 minutes. Chasing a partner in a small boundary area helps my students practice twisting and turning, making quick cuts back and forth. The small space eliminates students fleeing in a straight line.
Love the ideas! My students are going to really enjoy these versions!
Examples of How this Game Addresses the Common Core Math Standards
Kindergarten Common Core Math Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects. CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
1st Grade Common Core Math Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
2nd Grade Common Core Math Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.C.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
3rd Grade Common Core Math Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.3 Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.