Published at Friday, 17 April 2020. Math Games. By Damia Besson.
Computer games can be another great way to help your kids learn and enjoy math. There are many math computer games that are great for kids, especially since so many kids are comfortable with using a computer and enjoy playing games on it. You can even find great math games for the computer that will allow your whole family to play. Some kids may have difficulty with math because of a short attention span, and using computer games is a great way to keep their attention while they learn math.
For anyone interested in learning more about how handwriting and keyboarding produce different changes in the brain many published research articles are available for perusal on the internet. In addition, some neuroscientists have published books which have sections describing how handwriting affects the learning process. Two of these books are; The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language and Human Culture, by Dr. Frank R. Wilson. His book describes in detail the pivotal role of hand movements in the developing of thinking and language capacities and in "developing deep feelings of confidence and interest in the world-all-together, the essential prerequisites for the emergence of the capable and caring individual." Considering the bullying problem and the lack of empathy many teachers are noticing in their students, could it be that learning cursive handwriting has an effect on the area of the brain that develops empathy and tolerance for others? We do not know...yet.
Another really easy fraction math game to make is Fraction Bingo, which is played like the original version but with fraction cards instead of numbers. As the "Caller" calls out fractional words, each player tries to cover that fraction if pictured on their card. Players can use beads, coins, buttons, Unifix cubes, or other small objects to cover the spaces on their cards. The winner is the first person to cover all spaces on a card and s/he becomes the next Caller. Lastly, to play Fractions War, you will need a set of flash cards with fractional amounts written on them, such as 1/3, 2/3, 1/8, 5/8, or 7/8. The cards are dealt equally between players who face each other. Students "play" their card by putting down the top card from their hand and their opponent does the same. Then, they compare fractions to see which card is greater in value. The holder of the larger fractional amount collects the cards played. The play continues in this fashion until two equivalent fractions are turned over and they must have "War!" Players each turn over their next four cards as they proclaim "I-DE-CLARE-WAR!" Then, those final cards are compared and the holder of the card showing the larger fraction wins that round. The player to acquire all the cards or the greatest amount by a designated time limit is the winner. A variation of this would be to create fraction cards showing operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication or division and provide individual marker boards for students to complete operations and then determine which fraction is larger.
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