Thursday, April 18, 2013

Math Game-Customary Units of Measure War

I don't know about you, but my students love playing math games. I try to find or create a math game/activity as often as possible that reinforces what we are learning.

We are currently working through our measurement unit. My students really struggle with converting in customary units. Even though they know 3 feet equals 1 yard, when I ask them to tell me how many feet are in 12 yards they get stuck. It was out of this struggle that this game was born.

The game is a twist on the classic card game, War. I created cards that have customary units of measure on them. I kept the cards simple because I knew I wanted to copy them onto bright card-stock.

 The rules for this game are the same as a regular game of War. The students playing each flip over a card. Once the cards are flipped, they must both discover who has the longest length. The person with the longest length takes both cards. If the lengths are the same the students will have a "war." When/if that happens the students will need to put three cards face down, and then one card face up. Whoever has the card with the longest length wins all the cards. As with regular war, the goal is to win all of the cards.

The game is one of my anchor activities that my students can choose from when they have finished their assigned activities for the day. They really enjoy it. A few of them ask to play during inside recess, which lets me know this game is a keeper!

You can download the game here. If you download it please let me know what you and your students think!

Find more great math games or link up and share your own with Laura Candler at Corkboard Connections.


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  2. My students were playing a game just like this yesterday and they had a great time! I love to use games in math -- the kids don't know that they are working, not just playing! Glad to be your newest follower! :)

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  3. My students love math games as well. We play fraction war which requires them to compare fractions by finding equivalent fractions. They love it. They really do think that they are playing a game and not just practicing a math skill.

    Teacher of scholars

  4. Fun! War is my favorite card game. My kids love to play go-fish with math...I bet I could get them to like this too!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  5. My brother and I loved this game as kids! I bet your students love it!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. I can definitely use this next week! My kids are having a little difficulty remembering their measurement facts. (I left you some feedback on TpT, also!)


  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks even more for sharing your measurement game. We will not get to our measurement unit before we have to take our MCAS, so this is a great way to fit in the concepts! Thanks so much.
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  8. Love this idea! WE are starting measurement next week, I will be adding this to my plans!