Our Spring Break was very late and when we came back we only had eight weeks left of school. I decided since we were done with our testing I would do something fun every week in math. I introduced 'Math Game Fridays'. The students look forward to Fridays because we are doing something different. Some weeks we have played a whole class game or a game in partners. They think it is lots of fun and they don't even realize they are reviewing their math concepts. One of the great whole class games I have discovered was an ipad app by Lakeshore Learned called Math Quiz Show. It is set up like Jeopardy, but with math questions. I can choose the number of teams and four categories. The questions are hard enough where they make my students think, but not to hard where they are getting them all wrong. We played it yesterday and we had a great time. They have two different versions of the game one for grades 1-3 and one for grades 4-6. I think the app cost me $1.99, but it was worth it!
I cannot wait to read about other ways to motivate students. We have 17 more days and I cannot wait! It has been a long school year and I am ready for a break (and to start all my projects for next year!). Have a wonderful Saturday!