This classic game is great for strategy, mathematical thinking, and basic counting and addition.

## Dots and Boxes

Topics: Logic, Counting, Shape Recognition, Strategy Materials: Dot Paper, pencils or crayons Recommended Grades: K-2 Common Core:K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.G.B.5, 1.G.A.1, MP1 A game of squares and strategy that is easy to learn and hard to master. Why We Love Dots and Boxes This is a classic you may remember from childhood. The game is like a more sophisticated tic-tac-toe: fun and …

## Sum – Memory

Topics: Addition Materials: Cards Recommended grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Common Core: K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.4, K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.C.6, 2.OA.B.2 Sum-Memory is Memory with a twist: instead of trying to capture identical pairs, players are trying to find pairs that add up to 5, 10, or another target number. Why we love Sum-Memory Sum-Memory is all the fun of memory, but with the …

## Target Number

Math Concepts: Arithmetic, equivalencies Equipment: pencil & paper Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Common Core: Variable, but especially OA, i.e., 1.OA.C.5, 2.OA.B.2, 3.OA.C.7 Time: 5 – 15 minutes You know the answer. What’s the question? Why We Love Target Number This is a quick check-in that adjusts to the abilities of each student, allows for creativity and arithmetic practice together, and …

## Pig

Topics: probability, strategy, addition, estimation Materials: One 6-sided die, pencil and paper Recommended grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Common Core: For Pig and Big Pig:1.OA.A.1, 1.OA.A.2, 1.NBT.C.4, 2.OA.B.2, 2.NBT.B.5, 2.NBT.B.6, 3.NBT.A.2 For Odd Pig Out: 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.B.5, 3.OA.C.7 , 4.NBT.B.4,, 4.NBT.B.5, 4.MD.B.4,, 5.NBT.B.5, 5.MD.B.2, 6.SP.A.1, 6.SP.A.2, 6.SP.A.2, 6.SP.B.5 Roll the dice and collect points. You can go as long as …

## Number Talks

Topics: Mental math, numerical fluency; argument & critique Materials: White board or projector Time:5 – 15 minutes Common Core: Variable, but especially MP3 This mental math routine creates powerful positive habits for students. Why We Love Number Talks Number talks don’t replace other instruction, but they are a powerful complement to it. They get all students involved, help them strengthen fluency, intuition, …

## Math Games and Movement Breaks

Topics: addition, subtraction Materials: none Recommended grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4 Common Core: K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.4, K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.C.6, 2.OA.B.2 When kids get antsy, it is time to break out these quick, fun, physical math games. They are perfect for a class break between stations, or a moment of flagging energy. Why We Love These Games Getting kids moving is a …

## Cuisenaire Rod Lessons

Topics: Addition, subtraction, measurement, skip counting Materials: See specific lessons Recommended Grade: K, 1, 2, 3 Common Core: K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.3, 1.OA.A.1, 1.OA.A.2, 1.OA.D.7 Overview This series of lessons is meant to introduce Cuisenaire rods in a creative, engaging way, and see how Cuisenaire rods can illuminate and motivate addition, subtraction, and measurement. Why We Love Cuisenaire Rods Cuisenaire rods …

## Domino Sorting

Math concepts: Addition, Classification Equipment: Domino Set Recommended Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Time: 15 – 45 minutes Common Core: K.OA.A.2, 1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.6, 2.OA.B.2, MP1, MP6, MP7 Overview What is the middle domino? This question launches the project of sorting the dominoes from least to greatest. Why We Love Domino Sorting Domino sorting is a perfect math challenge for a station or …

## Counting Collections

Topics: Counting, skip counting, addition, multiplication (optional) Materials: Paper, pencil, objects of many types (button, beans, stones, pencils, markers, blocks, etc.) Target Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Common Core: K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.MD.B.3, 1.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.B.2.a, 1.NBT.B.2.b, 1.NBT.B.2.c, 2.OA.C.4, 3.OA.A.1, MP1, MP6 Kids love to count things. This is a simple exercise, but a great way to get kids excited about arithmetic. Counting …

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