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Math PK-2

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Overview

Math games invite learners to practice skills in a fun, applied context which supports learner agency and a learner mindset. Math games motivate learners to develop meaningful connections with content, often support Attention, and can lead to positive math experiences.

Use It In Your Learning Environment

Watch how this elementary school integrates different types of math games to stimulate enthusiasm for math learning. Through computer games and hands-on activities, students are highly engaged, build their math skills, and develop a love for math.

Apply It In Your Learning Environment

  • Give learners a choice of which games they would like to play to support Motivation.
  • Intentionally design interactive games with groups of learners. Playing games with peers can support Social Awareness and Relationship Skills development.
  • Invite learners to design their own games then provide time for them to play the games made by their peers.
  • Encourage learners to invent their own rules for games, remix rules prior to playing games, and innovate on commonly played games to stimulate creativity and critical thinking skills which are essential for complex problem solving.
  • In digital environments, provide virtual manipulatives or invite learners to use objects in their learning environment when playing math games.

Apply It To Product Development

  • Engaging with computer games and hands-on activities can be intrinsically motivating while learners build their math skills and develop a love for math.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Math games on computers have the potential to improve students' proficiency in math. For example, research has shown that using computer manipulatives to solve geometric puzzles improves students' Spatial Skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Caution should be taken when providing extrinsic motivation such as gameboards that promote competition, token based rewards such as points, and scores for advancing levels that do not include growth mindset feedback.
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