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Just the Facts:
Five Games for
Teaching Math Facts


Practice! Practice! Practice! That's how most students learn their addition facts or times tables. Rote drill is a popular and proven tool for learning math facts. But it's OK to lighten up and add some fun to math-facts learning. Included: Five games to engage students as they learn math facts.

Just as understanding letter sounds is fundamental to the ability to read, so is knowing math facts the foundation to future math learning. That's why teachers in the primary and elementary grades spend so much time practicing and memorizing and drilling and timing students in basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Accuracy and speed are the goals. Work sheets and timed tests and games -- yes, games! -- are often the tools.

More Math-Fact Fun

Education World editors surfed the Net to find the best math-facts resources around. We found some fun lesson ideas plus lots of great interactive online games that will provide students with hours of math-facts fun and practice. Share those resources with your students, and share the math facts computer games in the newsletters you send home to parents. Parents will be amazed when students spend hours at the computer practicing their math facts!

Click here to see the math-facts resources we caught on the Net!

Click here for more great math teaching ideas from the Education World Math Center.


Games -- relay races, card games, and computer games -- actively engage students as they reduce stress and make learning fun. This week, Education World offers you...


Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

Math Facts Race
This fun math race reinforces math facts in a very visual way. (Grades K-8)

Math Facts War
Adapt a traditional card game to practice math facts. (Grades K-8)

Saved By the Bell
This fast-paced team game is a fun way to practice math facts. (Grades K-8)

Multiplication BINGO
Adapt the BINGO game to reinforce multiplication table skills. (Grades 3-8)

Online Math Facts Games
Online math-facts games for friendly classroom competition and at-home practice. (Grades K-8)



Don't miss a page full of additional resources including more lesson plans and more than a dozen interactive online games that will engage students as they learn their math facts.



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