Just a quick post today to teach you a game that REALLY helped my students review the concept of “factors” and build their understanding of remainders. This is SUPER easy to play, can be differentiated easily, and can be set up in a matter of minutes!
Because we have been going with a bit of a cookie theme, I refer to the counters as “cookies”. If I were a more adorable and cute and fun teacher, I would have made little cut out cookie shapes or something. Nope. Colored cubes in my room. I told them to use their imaginations.
Here is the way the game works:
A set of partners gets a set of plates (definitely need plates for cookies), one “die”, and a set of counters. I used 15 “cookies” per pair but you could easily go up and down from there. For groups that finished early, I had them grab a “handful” of cookies for their next round.
I sat down with the students around me to model the game. I tracked the rounds on the Smartboard so they could see how to keep track in their own notebooks.
Player 1: Roll the die (I used a standard 6 sided die for this round). That tells you how many plates. That player then takes the 15 counters, shares them equally among the plates, and KEEPS the leftovers! If there are no leftovers, play goes to the next person.
Player 2: Roll the die to determine the number of plates. Take the remaining counters, share them equally, KEEP the leftovers!
Here is how we kept track:
|Aren’t they fun? Put them on your “I have to have these” list if you don’t already!|
|Lots of discussion with the bigger numbers!|
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how it goes if you try it with your students!