Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No Prep Math Game

Here's a lovely little game I learned a few years ago that has worked on students from 1st-6th grade. They all love it and it takes zero prep and can last as short or as long as needed, and all you need is your whiteboard and two erasers.

So, if you have a few minutes of math time leftover and want a quick game, try this.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard
  • 2 Whiteboard erasers


Step 1: Write 10 or so numbers on the board like so:

Step 2: Invite two students up to the board and give them each an eraser.

Step 3: Call out a math fact or problem with a corresponding answer on the board.

Step 4: Whoever erases the number first wins. The loser gives his eraser to the next student.

And that's it. It sounds just too simple, but I promise they'll love it. 6 year-olds and 12 year olds alike. It's been a great tool for me to use anytime I have a few minutes to fill.