The end of the school year is a great time to try out new activities and strategies. Your students are accustomed to your procedures and expectations. Teachers are able to get immediate feedback on these activities, then tweak them to best fit the needs of students in the class. Then, the activities are ready for immediate implementation in the fall.
These activities are also well-suited to use during the end of the school year when schedules often become chaotic with students missing class for assemblies, choral practice, field trips, etc. The games accommodate varied number of students and may easily be implemented by substitute teachers or used in combined classes.
See the new May 2011 issue of Mathwire for specific information on these games and suggestions for implementing grade level competitions as a way to motivate students to master basic facts and develop number sense.