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Planning & Hosting Math Game Nights

Planning & Hosting Fun & Engaging Family Math Game Nights

This workshop by the award winning authors Jane and John Felling from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks will focus on providing teachers, administrators and math coaches with the skills, knowledge, and expertise to plan and host three types of family math games events. Ideas for collaborating with parent associations, advertising and getting community buy-in, selecting themes, learning different organizational formats will be shared. Participants will leave with extensive planning tools and three math games outlines for hosting a math games event using playing cards, another for dice, and a third for dominoes. The games will focus on the topics parents typically request and will include elementary fact fluency, operations and place value concepts games. Participants will walk through and play the games so that they are ready to host an event. Participants will also receive an extensive handout containing planning documents, most games, manipulatives to take away, and see samples from the hundreds of family nights we have conducted across North America. Many schools send two teachers to this training - one from primary and another from upper elementary so that they can go back to their schools and support each other in organizing events. Our goal is to have your school complete two family events during the school year. Hosting engaging family math nights provides schools an oppor­tunity to connect with families, build parental support and develop your school community of learners. Many schools and districts are required to engage families and parents and family math events are the perfect way to support these initiatives. As well funding and grants are typically available to support such programming. Come prepared to play, and walk away with the ideas and tools to ensure success!

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.

Great Books By Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks:
-Foldable Rulers
-Math Shakers
-Shake Shuffle & Roll
-Rolling into Math
-Math Fun “die”mentals
-Shuffling Into Math
-All Hands On Deck
-Dice Works
-Math Attack
-Piece It Together With Fractions
-Deca Dice
-Radical Math
-Double Dare You
-Power Play

You Will Learn:

  • Strategies and plans for conducting three different math nights.
  • Themes and formats to ensure a successful event. 
  • Ideas for advertising and ensuring a successful turnout. 
  • ALL HANDS ON DECK: Learn and play our favorite math card games.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. No Host Lunch 
  • GET YOUR FAMILY MATH ROLLING: Learn and play our  favorite math dice games. 
  • CONNECTING THE DOTS: Learn and play our favorite domino math games.

Program Highlights:

  • The authors have presented 100’s of family math events since 1992 and have a passion for engaging and supporting families. They will teach their favorite games and share planning tips that work.
  • You will leave with outlines and ideas to host several engaging and fun events.
  • You will receive sample advertisements, planning documents and theme ideas in your handout packet, as well as game rules to ensure immediate follow through.
  • You will get to play and learn our favorites along with your fellow participants. The games will be suitable for immediate use in the class­room as well at your family events.

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.

This Seminar Includes:

  • Morning Coffee & Pastries
  • Door Prizes
  • Extensive Resource Handbook
  • Materials package valued at over $30

University Credit:

½ unit of 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 – details provided at the seminar.

How To Register:

Call (800) 841-5193 ~ or use our printable Registration Form: either mail, fax, or use your credit card on our secure server. Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express accepted (US funds only).