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Amaechi Onyeali Carter Elementary

5740 South Michigan

Chicago IL 60637

(312) 535-0860Objectives:

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce a variety of math games. These

games may be used by teachers at all grade levels to reinforce math skills.Materials Needed:

1. empty egg cartons (1 dozen)

2. beans

3. a deck of playing cards

4. 2 domino games (one double nines and one double sixes)

5. worksheets for highest sum, dominoes addition, and highest product

6. transparencies for mankala and dominoes explanationsStrategy:

The following activities deal with games that reinforce math skills. I

have used them and found that they have helped motivate students to learn while

using math skills. The games involve using cards, dominoes, and an egg carton

with beans.

Open by passing out the worksheet on the highest sum. Explain that you

will be calling out the number of the card that is pulled. Participants are to

write that number into one of the squares on their paper as soon as the number

is called. After the last number is called, participants are to add up their

numbers. The persons with the highest sum win. Place their names on the board.

The first person to win three times can call the next set of numbers.

The next group of activities deals with dominoes. The first game requires

a worksheet that has sixteen pictures of different dominoes. On the domino

participants will notice that there are two groups of dots on each side of the

domino. Participants are to count the dots on one side and write the number

beneath the dots. Then place a (+) sign next to the number. Next, count the

number of dots on the other side and write that number beneath those dots. Now

you should have an equation to solve. Solve the equation for this and the other

fifteen dominoes.

The second domino activity requires a transparency or large dominoes which

can be seen by the audience. This activity is meant to show how a person may

lay down or play a domino. Dominoes may only be played next to a domino with

the same number on a side. Any domino that has the same number of dots on each

side is referred to as a spinner. All spinners must be laid down perpendicular

to any other dominoes.

The third domino activity also requires a transparency or large dominoes.

This activity will show how a player may score points in dominoes. All the

outside dots must first be added up. If the sum of those points is a multiple

of five, that person receives the sum of those points. The first person to get

105 points is the winner.

The last activity requires the use of the empty egg carton and the beans.

Participants will place three beans in each hole of the egg carton. They will

place their basket to their right. Play begins by one player picking up all the

beans in a hole and placing one bean in each of the holes in front of the hole

they came from. When that player reaches the last hole on one side and has one

bean in their hand they may place it in their basket. Each bean in the basket

equals one point. If, in the course of play, a player places their last bean in

an empty hole they may take any beans in the hole across from it. All of those

beans are placed in that player's basket. Any time you put a bean in your

basket your turn is continued. After one side has been completely emptied both

players count the number of beans in their baskets. The person with the most

beans wins.Performance Assessment:

Participants will be asked to go to four different stations. Each station

will have one of the previously mentioned games. Participants are to play each

game for about 15 minutes. The papers that they complete will show whether they

have mastered each activity.