Hands-On Arithmetic & Fraction Exploration Games

August 4th, 2003 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
Pattern Press: Patterns in Arithmetic

This website is the home of Pattern Press, the publisher of unique math books by Suki Glenn and others. These authors encourage children to learn math naturally through exploration of concepts using pattern blocks and other manipulatives. At the website they offer some free math games that you can print out and play at home with your kids. Careful, this site can be a little confusing to use — so follow the directions below to find all of the games and activities available at the site.

When you get to the site you will see 3 links to math games at the top of the page that include:

  • Trading Game — learn about place value and re-grouping.
  • Fishy Game — learn beginning addition and subtraction using fish crackers or popcorn.
  • Pattern Block Games — learn the fraction concepts of 1/3 and 1/6 and begin to see equivalencies.

But wait! When you are through exploring the Pattern Block Game mentioned above, be sure to scroll to the top of the screen. There you will see a menu of “Sample Pages” from the Pattern Press books that include introducing fractions through cooking, and some activities and examples of using pattern block games to teach fraction concepts.

Once you’ve played these games, and have seen how really simple math becomes when you build the concepts with manipulatives first, you may be tempted to buy the books to get more ideas. They are available for sale at the site as well.


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