`Math GamesAmaechi 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.  Thesegames may be used by teachers at all grade levels to reinforce math skills.Materials Needed:1. empty egg cartons (1 dozen)2. beans3. a deck of playing cards4. 2 domino games (one double nines and one double sixes)5. worksheets for highest sum, dominoes addition, and highest product6. transparencies for mankala and dominoes explanationsStrategy:     The following activities deal with games that reinforce math skills.  Ihave used them and found that they have helped motivate students to learn whileusing math skills.  The games involve using cards, dominoes, and an egg cartonwith 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. `