Developing a deep understanding of different math operations and estimation is essential…but we want students to be fluent with computation too, right? Students NEED computation practice–whether they use concept-based strategies or a standard algorithm. We also know that piling on worksheets isn’t the best option. Students need a variety of experiences to do “computation practice” where the problems are presented in meaningful, engaging ways. Check out some of these ideas instead!
Computation Practice Activities
Mind Boggling Math:
So many challenges here–and the kids love them! They can be printed or used digitally, and there are 3 different versions available. So much math. Even MORE thinking!
Toss and Solve Cards:
These “Toss and Solve” cards are so easy to have on hand for centers, fast finishers, and more. Roll the dice, make up problems, solve and check on the calculator! Way more fun than a worksheet!
Dollar Deal Games:
Real World Computation Practice
- one for more beginning problem solvers (advanced second, third, and review for fourth)
- and another full of shorter open-ended tasks–great for one class period (perfect for when you have subs, between units, etc)
- and this third set of more involved, project-based learning tasks with extensions, practice pages, and much more!