Math that really sticks, is math done through fun! Why do games work so well to teach kids math. It boils down to a few primary reasons:
1. Games provide unlimited practice. To achieve math mastery takes lots and lots of practice. If that practice is dull, minds wonder and practice ends up being wasted time. Games make kids focus because they have to in order to play the game. It gives a purpose to practice!
2. Games provide oral practice. If playing the game with a partner, students must discuss how to get the right answer, and rethink together when the answer is incorrect.
3. Since there is a natural desire to win, students can easily be lead to achieve above what they are normally expected to achieve.
4. Games don't define how a problem must be solved. Students are set loose to find their own ways of discovering the answer….they find their own meaning!
This terrific site called Math Game Time has great math games (as well as other subjects) by grade level. Don't be afraid to check out games on the grades above your own, there are many at each level that can be used by lower grades. GREAT for differentiation. Best part....there are lots of teacher videos on how to teach different concepts in the curriculum at the bottom of the page of each grade level. This game is called "Meteor Multiplication". It's perfect for third and fourth grade practice!
This site from Funbrain is a math arcade that is more than fun. Students select their ability level, so it easily goes from second grade to fifth grade practice.
If you teach upper elementary don't miss Multiplication.com. There are LOTs of good (and fun) games to practice those multiplication facts. Check out the menu bar for addition, subtraction, and division games. There is so much good stuff on this site there isn't room to list it all! This game is called "Pirates II"
This great center/computer game gives kids a fun way to practice subtration facts! To get the correct answer the students use the bee's stinget to pop the correct number of balloons to give the answer. Adorable and so, so educational!
This site from math playground is FULL of games for all levels. I love this one about area and perimeter! Don't miss the game on Tangrams!!
Hope you kids learn lots with these games, and have fun doing it!