Math Mondays: Playing with Skill Development (Part 2)

Last week, I wrote about my goal to play with skills practice without it turning into drill and kill. You might remember that I have a completely differentiated classroom. It is the rare time that I have any one student working on the same problem or even concept at exactly the same time. So in order for all that practice not to become boring, I've been trying to balance with other ways for students to practice. 

The requirements for these activities are that:

  • Students can do on their own or in small groups 
  • The activities practice specific math concepts 
  • The activities that will not disrupt other students 
  • And activities that engage students in learning
Concentration is my new personal favorite. We all remember the game of concentration we played as kids. There were a bunch of matching cards placed face down. You turned over one card at a time looking for matches. When you found a pair, you collected it and continued until there were no other pairs. I thought why couldn't I do that with math concepts. 

So, I did.  I made a set of problem cards and a set of solution cards. Students can play individually or with a partner. And as sometimes happens, I realized these cards could be used a variety of other ways - for scavenger hunts, for a find a solution game, specific skill review (such as a student who needs a refresher in adding fractions) and more. I've only developed a couple full sets but I am hoping to start off the year with sets to encompass everything from fractions to area to trigonometry. 

Would love to hear ideas from you about how you might use matching problem solution cards or other fun ways you have students practice mastery learning in your classroom.  Look for other great math ideas below in the Math Mondays linkup.