Using games to practice and review math concepts is definitely something my students love. Math games are a motivating and low stress way to help students learn about numbers and number facts.
Calculators can be used to explore other ways of solving problems and allows students to see that this is just one tool we can use to determine answers. I hope your students enjoy my top 3 fun calculator games.
1. Secret number
- One player thinks of a secret number between 1 and 100.
- Their partner ‘guesses’ by keying in a number on the calculator.
- The first player may only answer higher or lower.
- The person with the calculator adds or subtracts a number to find the secret number.
- See how many guesses it takes to work out the number.
2. 21 Bust
- Players start at 0 and take turns to add 1, 2, or 3 to the number.
- The player forced to reach 21 loses the game.
- The game can be adapted by starting at 21 and subtracting 1, 2 or 3 until one player reaches zero.
3. Beat the calculator
- Have ready a selection of cards (suitable for the level of your students) that include basic or extended facts (see picture below).
- Place the cards face down on the playing surface.
- Players take turns to flip over a card and race to work out the answer.
- One player uses a calculator and the other works out the sum mentally.
- The calculator player must wait until the answer is displayed on the calculator before saying it.
- The first person to answer correctly is awarded one point. The first player to 20 points is the winner.
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