Loop Games by INSPIReducation
This game puts place value - multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals by 10 into a "fast and furious" loop game. Every child is engaged throughout the whole game and with 36 cards, every child has one card - with some children having two or more cards!
Used in our classrooms to embed the knowledge of place value in numbers - our children love these Loop Games and we are sure that yours will too!
Preparation is simple...
After purchasing and downloading, simply print off the Loop Game (you might find it useful to print onto coloured paper or card so that if you have more than one Loop Game, the cards don't get mixed up!). To keep the game fresher for longer, laminate, then cut up the cards. You are ready to introduce this amazing resources to your children! In addition to the game cards, you might want some children to have smaller white boards and pens to jot down the questions and work out the answers - but this depends on the level, needs and skills of the children in your group. Some of our children ask for these things as a support, they rarely use them but they feel more confident having them.
Playing is easy...
Each child/player has a card (or more to really keep them on their feet!) - teachers can also take part
One child starts by reading out the question on their card.
The other children must work out the answer and see if that answer is the same one as on their card. If it is, they read out the next question on their card.
Once again, the other children work out the answer and check to see if they have it on their card.
The game finishes when every child has read out their question and all the answers have been used.
Watch out for...
As the game progresses, some answers may be on more than one card - this will lead to a loop within the Loop Game. The children must work out how to get every child to ask their question by reviewing the different variations of loops. This encourages problem solving, listening skills and finding an effective solution.
Once the children have got the hang of the Loop Game, a range of extensions can be used:
- Swap the cards after each game so that children do not remember who has which card and then remind their friends who is next!
- Time the children and record how long each game takes to complete - can they beat their time on every go?
- Which question is the most tricky to answer? Start with this card - the children will think of it as cheating, but really they are learning the answer to that question
- Put the children in teams with a set of cards to watch out for - how does this change the timing challenge?
- What is the most number of loops they can find within the game?
We have found that the children in our classes also invent their own games, and want to add their own cards to extend the game. It is not unusual for our games to have more than 60 cards in each game, with the children having two or three cards each.
They love the challenge, the speed, the fun and the different way of doing math revision!
We hope that you enjoy our Loop Game on place value. If you have, why not take a look at our other Loop Games for maths and Place Value - as well as fractions.
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