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Math Games Using Cards + Dice + Dominoes

Motivating Games And Strategies To Complement Your Elementary Math Program

Are you a teacher who is looking for ways to challenge, motivate and engage every learner in your math program? In this interactive and fun math games workshop participants will learn how to use games as a teaching strategy and why this powerful strategy works. The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more. Games integrate problem solving skills and strategies and use cards, all kinds of dice and dominoes. Come prepared to play and learn all kinds of game strategies and tips that appeal to all learning styles and will compliment any math program. Student samples, reproducible game boards, journal masters, home connection ideas will be provided. Get your math program rolling with this great workshop opportunity!

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 (many are new for 2014-2015), 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 years of experience as an educator and educational leader. 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 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.

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 instructional 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:

  • Math Games as a Teaching Strategy
  • Current Brain Research and Reaching all Learners in your Classroom
  • Classroom and Resource Management
  • Demystifying Dice – A Look at your Tool Bag – Dice and their Mathematical Potential
  • Using Cards to Enhance Numeration/Operations
  • Where to find Free resources for your Classroom
  • Management Routines to help Maximize teaching time
  • Strategies and Games for the Operations
  • Early Strategies for teaching basic addition and subtraction
  • Multi-Digit work
  • Multiplication and division games
  • Order of Operation and Problem Solving gamesLUNCH
  • Strategies and games for teaching Place Value
  • Basic Hundred Board work, patterning, rounding, expanding, ordering and comparing numbers
  • Strategies and games for Teaching Data Management
  • Games that integrate all kinds of graphs, probability concepts, data analysis
  • Implementation Plans – How to make Games as a Teaching Strategy Work for You and Your Students

What You Will Learn:

  • How to use games as a teaching strategy and why this powerful strategy works.
  • Games and strategies for teaching numeration, place value, all operations, patterning, data management, problem solving and more.
  • Ideas for adapting games across the grade levels to reach all learners in your classroom.
  • How games meet provincial and state curriculum standards.
  • Classroom and resource management ideas.
  • Ideas for math backpacks, cross-graded groups, centers, resource room, ESL programs.
  • Extending math games into journals and assessment.

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.