Thursday, September 27, 2012

Four Square Fun!

We are trying a new schedule this year at our campus.  We carved out an hour and a half per month that our teachers will participate in PLC (Professional Learning Community) Activities.  The first one went very well, and we gave our teachers an opportunity to plan, since many of our teachers changed grade levels.  Future PLCs will include vertical planning, honing in on teacher craft, and targeting critical need areas.  The part I am most excited about is that our students are receiving a wealth of enrichment activities while their teachers are planning.  We have our communities in school person, parent liaison, intervention teachers, counselor, librarian, nurse, and Gifted & Talented teacher who provide our enrichment lessons.  Our students receive guidance, health, community service, enrichment, math & reading activities. 

This gives me an opportunity to meet with my math intervention teacher to prep and plan an engaging math game.  This game (Four Square Math Game) helps students build number sense and practice operations.  Thie rules of the game are that they can use any operation, add/subtract/multiply/divide to make any of the four square numbers to move to the next four square box.  These are third graders and wanted to add every time to get the desired solution. 

They quickly realized they needed to try other operations or they would be on the start block while others moved forward. 
The intervention teacher (Mrs. Shinny Shin Shin) helped some struggling students to subtract the numbers rolled..  That was an OHHHH moment.  The kids loved the game and it makes for a great math center/tub for two to four players. 
I’ve included an addition only game board for those primary teachers.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my activities, so any feedback is appreciated.  Add it to your math center/tub today! Four Square Math Game
The next fun activity for our PLC time is a whole class game I use as a brain break or finished early activity.  I’ve played this game with all grade levels and the kids will be begging to play anytime you have a spare moment.  Let’s Play Pig!












  1. What a great freebie! Thanks for sharing it! You are AWESOME! :)

  2. I'm working on the next fun game. It's great for all grade levels!

  3. Four Square was a good game for all levels of players. I enjoyed walking around and hearing the AAAHHHH moments. Can't wait to teach and learn with the next game.
    Shinny Shinn

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