For my next series of articles, I've partnered with other teachers that create supplemental materials to use with the Engage NY Math a.k.a. Eureka Math program. There are so many talented teachers out there, and we all bring something different to the table. I make PowerPoint presentations to help guide teachers through the lessons, but there are so many other items out there that can help! In this article, my guest blogger, Lauren will talk about how she has created various games for her first grade students to have fun while they learn and master the various skills they need to be successful with Eureka math.
So how did I change from struggling to thriving? GAMES. I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again . . . these kids thrive from playing games in the classroom! After teaching the First Grade Eureka Math Curriculum for a few months, I knew I had to add some pizzazz to make it fun and engaging. Have you ever struggled through the whole group lesson or the problem set? That was me, too. Now I change my guided practice into a fun game for every single lesson.
2. Concept Development: Introduce the lesson concept.
3. Whole Group Lesson Game: I use these First Grade Eureka Math Games to play a game as a whole group. These games align directly to the problem sets for the lesson and give the students guided practice before they jump into the problem set on their own. You can even use the problem set in some of the games!
4. Problem Set and Exit Ticket: After playing the First Grade Eureka Math Games, the students are ready to complete work on their own.
First Grade Eureka Math Games
Most of these games can be played as a whole group or in small groups. I love playing them altogether as a class to give repeated practice. Playing as a whole group also makes for less prep time! You only have to prep one game for the whole class rather than materials for centers or stations. Most of the games require little to no prep. Here are some of my favorite games from Module 1.
2. Cut out the bones and give one to each student, and have them keep their number secret from you and the class. Adjust the number of bones to match your class size.
3. Solve one word problem together. Then have the whole class chant, “Doggy, doggy, who has the bone?” The teacher will then get three guesses to guess which student has the bone with the answer to the word problem on it. If the teacher does not guess correctly, the students earn a point. If the teacher guesses correctly, collect the bone and the teacher earns a point.
4. See who has the most points after solving all of the word problems: the teacher or students!
Don’t Eat Pete
I created this game to use with First Grade Eureka Math Module 1 Lesson 31. All you will need is the word problem worksheets (or the Eureka problem sets) and some type of different colored candy. My favorite to use is Skittles!
HOW TO PLAY:
1. Pass out the worksheet to the students.
2. Place a handful of Skittles (or other candy) on the Don’t Eat Pete game board. Explain that after each word problem, you will be secretly choosing one Skittle to be “Pete.” You don’t want to eat Pete!
3. Have the students solve the first problem. Call on one student to share their answer. If they are correct, they get to come up to pick a Skittle. If they do not pick “Pete,” the students earn a point. Each time a student chooses “Pete,” the teacher earns a point. 4. Continue playing until all problems have been solved. The kids love it!
2. Have all students solve the first equation. Call on a student from team 1 to share the answer.
3. If they are correct, they get to choose a team to steal a piece of Pirate’s Booty from or they can steal from the main cup!
4. Solve the next problem, and choose a student from team 2 to share the answer and steal a piece of Pirate’s Booty.
5. Continue solving equations until you have completed the whole sheet. Then have the teams count their Pirate’s Booty to see who has the most!
My first graders love these games year after year. They are my favorite supplement for the First Grade Eureka Math Curriculum. I hope this post gave you some fresh ideas to bring into your classroom to teach Eureka Math!
About My Guest Blogger
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