Friday, March 7, 2014

Make Math Fun with Math Sticks

Use this simple activity in your classroom and you'll be amazed at how much fun your students can have while practicing different math skills.  I introduced this activity to practice two-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Before math sticks, I would get the typical moaning and groaning when my students found out we'd be practicing this skill; but now that I've introduced this activity, they're the ones asking me to practice their problems. 

 All you need to do is find an empty bottle and craft sticks. Number each stick and write a math problem on each one.

 After your student pulls a stick out of the container, they'll need to write the problem down and record their answer on a piece of paper.

Once a problem has been completed, students can use an answer key to check their work.

If you're interested in using this activity exactly as I did, just copy the problems from each stick.
Click here to download the answer key.

This activity can easily be adapted to numerous math skills -- keep the concept but change it to the skill you're currently teaching or reviewing. 

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