Sunday, March 9, 2014

Classroom Organization: Math Games

It's time for another Bright Ideas blog hop! I hope you are ready to spend some time in front of your computer to get through all these wonderful ideas!



I've already posted how I organize my task cards (several times, LOL!), but I wanted to share how I store my math games.  So many teachers have these drawer sets that they use for different purposes and I chose to put my math games in them.  The one on the left is from Michaels and the larger one on the right is from AC Moore.

I made labels for each of the drawers. The unit on the right has drawers that ate 12" X 12", so I placed topics in those drawers that I knew had more games.  Above these units is a smaller drawer set that hold my dry erase markers, dice and playing cards.  The crate holds some dry erase boards and other subject area games.


I have file folder games,...


games with cards that are housed in envelopes,...


and games that I copied onto cardstock and laminated.


My first attempt at hold game supplies (dice, cards, etc.) didn't go so well. I re-used yogurt containers by painting them, adding letter stickers and then sealing them with Modge Podge. As you can see the paint has started to chip.  I've thought that maybe it I has sanded the plastic a little if the paint might have stayed on better, but I really don't know.


After I realized that the paint was chipping off, I changed direction and got these clear plastic containers.  I put the letter stickers on and again sealed them with Modge Podge. These have held up a lot better.


The next stop in the hop is Teaching Math by Hart. Kim is talking about organizing student led conferences. Click on the button below to check out her post.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! I wish I was that organized! Definitely gives me some great ideas on how to get started, as right now everything is kind of mixed together.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Kim
    Teaching Math by Hart

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    1. Organizing is kinda my thing! All the teachers that I work with always comment on how organized I am...

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  2. I bought some of those drawers on clearance last year and they haven't had much purpose in my classroom this year! I loved reading your post and getting ideas for how to use these drawers and how to organize all my math games!

    Elizabeth
    Seconds at the Beach

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    1. I'd like to get another one, but I don't think I have room for it...

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  3. I was wondering if you could share your math games, or where you got them? I'm new to teaching math and would love some resources, especially for games, to supplement my classroom. Thank you so much!

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    1. Debbie, I got a lot of them at www.teacherspayteachers.com and have made some myself. I also got some at teacher supply store, they are from Carson Dellosa (Mark Twain)

      I really like these. I copied them onto cardstock and laminated them. The kids write on them with dry erase markers that can easily be wiped off.

      http://www.carsondellosa.com/cd2/Products/MathGames/ResourceBook/404152

      http://www.carsondellosa.com/cd2/Products/MathGames/ResourceBook/404001

      http://www.carsondellosa.com/cd2/Products/MathGames/ResourceBook/404002

      A lot of the "tub games" are from the Everyday Math series.

      HTH!

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