## Monday, December 10, 2012

### Christmas Math Games

Christmas is right around the corner and I am so excited to share my holiday themed game boards with you!  I posted the set to TpT last nightThere are 12 game sheets (one game has two parts to it).

The games include many first grade skills in addition, subtraction, counting, and tens and ones.  I use these games to teach and then review basic operations concepts in my 1st grade classroom.  The games can be used in 2nd grade as independent practice or review.

Games titles include:
*Candy Count (skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s)
* Elf Doubles (doubles of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10)
* Reindeer Race (add two dice and tell if odd/even)
* Naughty or Nice? (add three dice and tell if < or > 10)
* Plus Five (add five to 10, 25, 40, 65, 75, 90)
* Subtraction Stars (subtract ten from a two digit number)
*Trim the Tree (spin a tens number and cover the tens number that makes 100)
*Stockings and Candy Canes (chutes and ladders – adding ten to a two digit number)
*Ornament Roll (roll a die and subtract that number from ten)
*Shop ‘til you drop (spin for pennies and dimes and find/cover the total)
*Fact family fun (add or subtract to make a fact family equation)

My favorite part of designing these math games is using them with my students.  They always have such fun with the creative approach to practicing skills.  Today I used the Candy Count game and the Reindeer Race game.  The students loved trying to make their way to the gingerbread house and trying to "harness" all of their reindeer for Santa's sleigh.

It blesses my heart when students say "thanks for making this for us" and when they ask to play the games again.  The rule in my classroom during math game rotations, is that you must never have the same partner.  Students look forward to switching partners with each rotation and have learned how to work with ALL children in the classroom.  I love how they recognize that different students have different strengths and favored strategies.  I appreciate how they will try new strategies with their partner and feel comfortable working toward the "win" as a team.

I wanted to give you a fun freebie, Naughty or Nice, from my game pack to try in your classroom.  Hopefully you can use this to keep your little ones engaged right up to the last day.  If you like it, please stop by my TpT store and pick up the whole pack for \$4.