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Learning Maths Through Games20th May 2014
Why play games? What educational benefits are there to be gained from games? Are some games better than others? Can we justify the use of games in Maths lessons?
What is a mathematical game?2 or more players Take turns A ‘winning’ situation Be able to exercise some choice
Two distinct purposes Games with a specific mathematical learning objective Games that develop thinking skills, mathematical strategy, intuition and puzzle solving
Some examples… Games with a specific mathematical learning objective
Some examples… 2. Games that develop thinking skills, mathematical strategy, intuition or puzzle solving
6 + 4 = 10 10 take away 9 makes 1 1 add 17 is 18 18…… Competitive aim – stop your partner from going Collaborative aim – cross off as many as possible
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