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Here are some math games, activites, books, and other resources for you and your child to explore.
Speedy Pictures 2 Players race to beat a timer as they add the number of dots shown on 2 dice, the number of fingers shown on two hands, or the number of beads shown in two rows. This one is a winner!
Falling Problems A beat-the-clock game in which the player has to decide whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 10. In a more challenging version, the player decides whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 100. This game is great for developing number sense and estimation skills.
Two Minute Warning The player has 2 minutes to answer as many addition problems as he or she can. At the end of the game, the computer will show how many correct and incorrect answers the player got.
Pyramid Solitaire The player removes cards by finding pairs of numbers that add to 13. You might need to remind your child that J = 11, Q = 12, K = 13, and A = 1. You might also want to talk about strategic ways to make choices when more than one move is
possible. Your child might prefer to play with a deck of cards after learning the game on the computer.
Math Lines The player races to pair numbers that add up to 10. Before your child plays, review the pairs of numbers that add up to 10.
Numbers The player selects combinations of numbers that add up to a target number. The goal is to remove as many numbers from the board as possible before running out of numbers that can be added to get the next target number. After your child has played a few times, talk about strategies that might help him or her remove more numbers from the board.
Falling Problems A beat-the-clock game in which the player has to decide whether an addition or subtraction combination will be less than or greater than 10. In a more challenging version, the player decides whether an addition or subtraction combination will
be less than or greater than 100. This game is great for developing number sense and estimation skills.
Two Minute Warning The player has 2 minutes to answer as many subtraction problems as he or she can. At the end of the game, the computer will show how many correct and incorrect answers the player got.
Subtraction Blast The player can subtract either 2 or 3 from a number as many times as he or she wants to. The goal is to get each number to 0 as quickly as possible. Talk with your child about how he or she can get different numbers to 0 quickly. (For example, you can get 10 to 0 by subtracting 2 five times, or you can subtract 2 twice and 3 twice.)
Time Clock The player moves the hands of a clock to show different times.
What Time Is It? The player chooses the digital clock that shows the time shown on an analog clock (a clock with an hour and minute hand).
Pizza Party The player selects the fraction that shows how much of a pizza is left on the pan.
Symmetry Game Identify the number of lines of symmetry in a given shape. (Unit 4, Session 12)
Symmetry Patterns Complete a given symmetry pattern or create your own. (Unit 4, Session 12)
Cyberchase Use the “Symmetrizer” to explore symmetry. (Unit 4, Session 12)
Symmetry Shape Games Choose from a variety of games. (Unit 4, Session 12)
Symmetry Picture Complete the drawing. (Unit 4, Session 12)
Give the Dog a Bone Find 10 “bones” by identifying numbers on a blank 100s grid.
The sites below contain some of the best games for elementary mathstudents. Look through the sites to find other games for your child to play.
Math Books for 2nd Grade
Reading books with mathematical themes can help students improve their skills and foster a good attitude toward math. This list will direct you to books that you and your child may enjoy.
Counting & Number Sense
Two Ways to Count to Tenby Ruby Dee
12 Ways to Get to 11by Eve Merriam (used in Bridges Grade 2)
365 Penguinsby Jean-Luc Fromental
Adding & Subtracting
12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam (used in Bridges Garde 2)
Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktaleby Lily Toy Hong
Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Mitsumasa Anno
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes (used in Bridges Grade 2)
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Telling Time with Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper
Cluck O’Clock by Kes Gray
Jenny Found a Penny by Trudy Harris
Jelly Beans for Sale by Bruce McMillan
Arthur’s Funny Money by Lillian Hoban (used in Bridges Grade 2)
Anno’s Hat Trick by Mitsumasa Anno
The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
Jump, Kangaroo, Jump! by Stuart J. Murphy
Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy
Fraction Fun by David A. Adler
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres by Tana Hoban
A Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman (used in Bridges Grade 2)
How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller
Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz (used in Bridges Grade 5)
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
Counting on Frank by Rod Clement
Resources from adoptedmath curriculum Bridges for Mathematics http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/materials/parents/parents2