Friday, November 30, 2018

Fourth Grade Measurement Game Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Fourth grade teachers, this one's for you! If you're always hunting for math games to give your students lots of effective practice that makes the most of their time in math rotations, you're going to love this measurement game freebie! (Slide down to the purple button to download it now!)

Why should I consider using these games for math rotations?

In addition to the math practice that games provide, there are so many good reasons to include games like these in your math plans! 
  • Games are engaging - students want to play them again and again, and of course that equals more practice! 
  • Winning a Thumbs Up game is based as much on luck as ability, so you can have partners of mixed ability work together.  I like that - it elevates the strugglers and reminds your higher students that everyone can (and should!) have opportunities to win! 
  • Need more reasons? This post talks about the advantages of starting off the school year using games, and gives even more reasons in support of making games part of your math teaching plans!

What are Thumbs Up math games? 

They're easy-prep games that are played by partners, and they're all about evaluating, comparing, and sorting numerical expressions.  Every game has 24 cards, each with a mathematical expression that your students will evaluate to decide if it's thumbs up true or thumbs down false.

How do I prepare these games?

Super easy prep! Just print two sheets, the cards and the answer key. Cut the cards apart, and you're ready to go! Your download also includes two cute sorting pages which your students will enjoy using, but the sorting can be done without them if you're in a time pinch getting your game ready.

What topics do these games address?

There are ten games in the complete Fourth Grade Thumbs Up set. Here are the topics they address: 
  • Factors of numbers through 100 
  • Comparing two fractions with different numerators and different denominators
  • Comparing decimals
  • Ordering decimals
  • Adding and subtracting whole number through 1,000,000
  • Multiplying a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit number
  • Multiplying two two-digit numbers
  • Using place value to solve multi-digit multiplication and division
  • Express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. This one is your freebie!
  • Characteristics of 2D and 3D shapes

Several of the games address multiple skills, like this one for geometric shapes that also brings in some addition and multiplication. Here's what I mean!

Click here to see the complete set!

Try out a Thumbs Up game with this freebie.  I'd love it if you'd let me know what you think of it!

Happy Teaching!

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