Great Ice-Breaker Math Games
Games are always a lighthearted way to include even the shyest of students. As teachers this year, we are really looking to promote and integrate social emotional learning or SEL into each block of our learning day. Using games as ways to help students feel comfortable at the beginning of the school year is a great way to incorporate that!
During the time your class is playing games, it also gives you a great noninvasive way to see where your students are strong in math fluency and what may be challenging for them. Just be an observer, take mental note, and keep smiling and letting them know everything is okay as long as they keep trying and have fun. When you notice a child struggling with the task, provide them support and help keep the game flow going.
Students are coming back to us this year from all different past year experiences, and some students have not physically been inside of a classroom in over a year. We know we have a big job ahead to help fill academic math gaps, and we want to set students up to be successful using the Eureka Math Program. Using fluency activities will help to fill fluency gaps students may be experiencing as well as prepare them for a strong successful year learning with Eureka Math.
- Classroom Teacher
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