Classroom Number Wall Games
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Trying to teach young students numbers and how to use them can be a challenge. A number wall can easily solve that problem. It can be anything: a whiteboard, a chalkboard, or even just a blank space of wall you can tape things to. It shouldn't be in a permanent form, so you can interchange numbers, depending on what you want to teach. It should also have premade numbers that can easily be stuck to the wall at any given moment. To utilize the number wall properly, you should develop games for the kids to play that will foster learning.
Search and Find
- You can set your number wall up into several boxes. Each box could represent a number from 1 to 10. Create cards or something with different items with different quantities on each, and mount them on something that will stick to your number wall. Hide these items around the room. If you are able, break your students up into teams, and have them search for one of the items you made relating to a number you shout out. The team that can find an object with the correct number of items on it and stick it to the wall is the winner for that round. This works very well with kindergarten classes and will get them up and moving around the room, while learning.
- This one is good for any class that has gone through the four basic math functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Multiple numbers need to be made for this activity, so if you haven't already made several ones, twos, threes and so on, do so. Again, if it as all possible, divide your students into teams. Put three numbers up on the board, in the order of a math equation, but do not put in which function it is. (Example: 1 (blank space) 1 = 2). Have the groups raise their hands and tell you which function belongs in the blank. Keep score, and after 10 or 20 problems, declare a winner. This is also great as a filler activity, if you find yourself with extra time at the end of the day.
- This is another fun activity for your younger students still learning their numbers. Take your numbers and put several of them up on your number board in any order. The numbers don't have to be consecutive. Then, challenge a student to put them in correct numerical order. Start easy with this activity, with 5 numbers between 1 and 10, but then move on to 10 or 15 numbers ranging from 1 to 100. This will teach your students number order, and they will enjoy the challenge of figuring out which numbers go where. Plus, the students get the added bonus of being able to manipulate the numbers themselves, which facilitates learning.