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Elementary Math Games That Build Brain "Matter"

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your elementary students gain confidence and competence with the key math standards? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, and number lines. Activities appeal to all learning styles and are easily differentiated across ages, grades and abilities. Games can be easily adapted to move from whole group to small group instruction and are perfect for your math stations. Participants will get ideas on how to pull journal writing samples for student portfolios. Games will incorporate ideas for teaching the following math concepts: basic fact fluency, operational fluency including multi-digit numbers, fractions, all place value concepts including whole numbers and decimals, rounding, benchmark estimation strategies, patterns, expanding and standard forms. During the workshop participants will play a wide variety of games, get ideas for differentiating the activities, and tying game play to written samples. An extensive game board and handout package, as well as manipulatives to take back to the classroom, will be provided.

About the Speakers:

John Felling presents workshops that are engaging, informative, fun and hands-on. In his workshops, teachers learn a variety of games and activities (new ones every year), closely tied to national, state and provincial curriculum standards. The games and activities presented integrate easily with the learning resources teachers are already using or can easily obtain. John brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, tips and humor to his presentations gained through his decades of experience as an educator and educational leader. He also finds time to teach in classrooms a few days each month, staying current with the challenges facing students, teachers and administrators. He has been a featured speaker at many recent national conferences (NCTM, ASCD) focusing on practical solutions to issues in today’s classroom. John is a co-owner of Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks, mainly focusing on providing teacher workshops and training new Box Cars consultants. He is lead-author and co-author on several of the books in the Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks series and has also authored the book Daily Physical Education – “No Sweat” For Classroom Teachers. Participants in his sessions have consistently expressed “Awesome job! Really enjoyed your presentation. There were a lot of great activities to bring back to my class.” Attend his sessions and see why.

Jane Felling is co-author of the award winning Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks series and has been a leader in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has been a featured speaker at the National ASCD and NCTM conferences as well as the ASCD Summer Conference on Teaching Excellence, 100’s of provincial and state conferences and has worked with 1000’s of teachers and students during her consulting career. Her research for her masters was in the area of game instruction theory and she has taught K-8 and special education as part of her contracts. She has helped implement several school wide adoptions of the Box Cars resources and is passionate about helping teachers with brain compatible instructional strategies. Jane is known for her high energy presentation style and her engaging, informative, practical workshops.

Program Highlights:

  • How to use games as a teaching strategy and why this powerful strategy works.
  • How to DIFFERENTIATE games and activities to meet the needs of all students in your classroom.
  • How games meet state and provincial standards.
  • Classroom and resource management ideas.
  • Using math games for gathering written samples and assessment ideas.
  • Using games for whole and small group instruction, cross-graded and afterschool programs.

What You Will Learn:

  • Strategies for building number sense and basic math facts
  • Place value concepts including NEW number line games, whole number and decimal games, rounding, expanding and standard form, benchmark estimation strategies
  • Fraction concepts including equivalency, common denominator, comparing, ordering
  • Digging deeper into operational fluency with all 4 operations and multi-digit numbers
  • Using number line strategies for developing fact fluency, place value and fraction concepts

Who Should Attend?

All K-5 Classroom Teachers, Resource Specialists, Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators should attend.


Substitutions may be made at any time. All cancellations received the day of the seminar or afterwards are subject to a $15 service charge.

University Credit:

Credit from Humboldt State University is available for an additional charge. These credential/licensure courses offered are designed primarily for elective or professional development purposes. Clock hours may also be available – please check at the workshop. Verification of hours of participation will be provided for continuing education or recertification.