So I found this amazing website with all sorts of different games for math while searching on delicious.com. This math website has all sorts of games for different topics covered in elementary and middle years mathematics (although mostly elementary).
What do I like about it?
- There is more than one game for a certain topic. So, if you get bored of one game, the game is too hard, or the game doesn’t gain your interest, there are others to choose from. Also, this allows students to get more practice in a variety of different ways.
- Many games are timed. This can help encourage students to quicken their pace and solve mathematical problems with more efficiency.
- Games are engaging.
- Students are having fun while they are learning and developing their learning.
- The site is user friendly.
- Games are organized by their topic and there is a tab at the top that you can click on to quickly get to those topics.
What do I dislike about it?
- The colours of the main page is quite hard to look at. There’s too much red and shades of red that make it seem unappealing. I was going to leave the site but then some of the pictures and names of the games caught my interest.
- Some of the games can be a bit frustrating. I found a couple games to be frustrating for two reasons: the first being when I was moving my character, it would keep moving in that direction for a while after I stopped pushing the button. The second is that there is a lot going on in some of the games that I overwhelmed with the task to be done (yes I even felt this way!).
- Does not have any games for high school math topics.
Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use this in my teaching?
This fits into every math curriculum in the elementary and a some of the middle years. Examples include: counting 1-10 which is part of the kindergarten math curriculum; counting 1-20 which is part of the grade one math curriculum; adding and subtraction which is a part of the grade four curriculum; and mixed fractions from the grade seven math curriculum.
I would most likely use this as a support material for students to use outside of class. Although, I could use this in class as a review or as an engaging way to get students to practice their skills and knowledge instead of having a written assignment.
Unfortunately since I will be hoping to become a high school math teacher, this most likely will not be applicable for me. However, this is a great resource for any elementary teachers looking for fun, engaging math games! I would definitely recommend this site for you to at least try out!
If I were to give this website and its resources a 7.5/10.