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Math Games for Number and Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Games to Support Independent Practice in Math Workshops and More, Grades K-5

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These thirty-three classroom-tested games can be played successfully by learners on their own, during math workshops, or at math stations. You'll find all-time favorites like Circles and Stars, Leftovers, Cross Out Singles, and Tens Go Fish. You'll also discover games that you've likely not encountered before—as well as twists on some of your personal favorites!


Teaching Support
The step-by-step lessons in Math Games for Number and Operations and Algebraic Thinking offer a wealth of teacher support, including:

  • strategies for differentiating instruction;
  • key questions and learning targets to promote student thinking;
  • tips for using interactive whiteboards; and
  • reproducibles—from game boards, directions, and recording sheets to assessments (also available in downloadable, printable format at www.mathsolutions.com/mathgamesreproducibles).

Common Core State Standards
Tables in this resource detail how the games support teaching with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Use the tables alongside your own curriculum, standards, or pacing guides to help you determine which games meet the concepts and skills you need to address with your students.

Three Ways to Access the Games

To help you find the game you want as quickly as possible, this resource features three content lists:

  1. Alphabetical list: Games ordered alphabetically by the title with grade-level indications
  2. Connections lists: Teaching with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  3. Materials list: List of games by materials used (dice, hundreds charts, playing cards, and so forth)

Jamee Petersen
304 Pages

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Author Bio

Jamee Petersen, a teacher of multiage children in suburban Minneapolis, has more than twenty years of classroom experience. She is an educational consultant in Minnesota at the local, state, and national levels and has served as a Math Solutions consultant.

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Jamee Petersen, a teacher of multiage children in suburban Minneapolis, has more than twenty years of classroom experience. She is an educational consultant in Minnesota at the local, state, and national levels and has served as a Math Solutions consultant.

This resource is my number one go-to resource for planning my mathematics workshop! Having taught elementary-age students for seventeen years, it is my experience that the best way to get students involved with mathematics—to really examine the operations they are practicing and strategies that will improve their facility with number—is through games. The games in Math Games for Independent Practice are meaningful, fun, and filled with great ideas for extensions and alternative ways to play. I love that I can find a game to meet the needs of all learners in my classroom with one resource. The organization, practicality of use, and insights into how children learn are invaluable. It is evident that Jamee has practiced and applied these games; she writes with a true practitioner's point of view. I am equally excited to use this resource with my elementary-age students and to get it into the hands of my colleagues.

—Kristin Cayo, fifth-grade teacher, Forest Hills Elementary, Eden Prairie, Minnesota



Gamelike activities develop intuitive attention and engagement in the classroom. Hattie (2009) reported strong percentile gains (13%-18%) in student achievement as noted in his meta-analysis. This compilation of classroom games is wonderful! It clearly shares the connected CCSS, the materials needed, a thorough synopsis of each game, along with recommended grades and time frames. Jamee has captured academic games as a great way for teachers to help students deepen their understanding of key concepts.

—Dr. Tammy Heflebower, Vice President, Marzano Research Laboratory



Jamee Petersen has created a fantastic resource of math games. These super-engaging games invite opportunities for deep thinking and ongoing practice. They are an ideal addition to the math workshop. Teachers will love this book because it is so useful and mathematically rich; students will love the games because they are fun!

—Maggie Siena, author, From Reading to Math: How Best Practices in Literacy Can Make You a Better Math Teacher, Grades K-5



This is an excellent resource to extend and reinforce critical concepts in elementary math. The games are incredibly engaging for students and are well thought out for teachers to introduce quickly and use. The teaching tips, ideas for differentiation, and ready-made reproducibles make this resource an invaluable addition to every elementary math classroom.

—Emily Puetz, Chief Academic Officer, Minneapolis Public Schools



Jamee is a classroom teacher who clearly understands what is needed in a math resource. The games are structured for high engagement of the learners and grounded in essential mathematical concepts. The teacher-friendly format offers technology tips, Common Core connections, key questions to ask students, connections to writing, time-saving ideas, assessment suggestions, and ways to address the needs of all learners in a classroom. The resource is a "must have" for classroom teachers wanting to increase active engagement in their math lessons.

—Sue Feigal-Hitch, district coordinator of gifted programs, Eden Prairie School District, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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