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# September 2006

## Featured Topic:   Fall Math Activities

The activities on these pages were designed to reinforce math concepts and skills through seasonal fall themes.   Math mats, games, literature connections, coordinate graphing and problem solving activities are included to motivate students to practice these important math skills.

## Fall Math Games

Spider Game - 1 develops student understanding of the probability of the outcomes of tossing a single die.   This game is a twist on Pig in that tossing a 6 means the spider takes all of the counters you have been able to remove from the board.   The file contains the gameboard, directions and a student recording sheet.

Spider Game - 2 develops student understanding of the probability of the outcomes of tossing two dice.   Students toss two dice, calculate the difference of the two dice and remove a counter from that spider web.   But beware, if the difference is 0, the spider takes the counters the student has already removed and the student earns no points for the round.   This game is a twist on Pig and student understanding of probability helps them develop effective strategies for winning the most points.   The file contains the gameboard, directions, a student recording sheet and a handout that requires students to chart the different ways of tossing a difference of 0, 1, 2, etc..

Spider Web Map Coloring Games require students to use map coloring rules to capture the most points in these web coloring games.   The games encourage students to apply discrete math map coloring skills and develop winning strategies.   The file contains two different versions of the game, directions for each and a recording sheet.

# Back to School Ideas

## Morning Math Routines

Daily Math Routines: these routines help students see how math is used in everyday life.   Students build strong number sense while developing proficiency with counting and calendar routines.

Who Has? Games:   These card deck games are designed to be used with the whole class to provide quick practice of math basic facts.   After the initial introduction, students can complete the activity in 2-5 minutes.   Timing the Who Has? activity and recording the daily times encourages the class to master the facts to improve their performance.

• See Who Has? Activities for classroom management strategies as well as several different decks (multiplication, place value, base ten, more or less, etc.) that are formatted to print on 2x4 inch labels teachers can affix to index cards to easily create class decks.

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