58 games and tasks to use for group activities – free dowload



When running a problem-based lesson, I often structure the class into six groups. Three work with me, while the other three complete a series of three rotation tasks. After 25-30 minutes, we swap over. I have been putting together a list of these tasks, so decided to share the first 50 or so with you too. I hope your class enjoys playing them as much as the kids in my classes last week! All templates are included, or you can purchase cards from us.

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What you need:

Card games

  1. Single digit, two-digit and three-digit matching cards: games to play with each set
    • Match the ones with the same numbers
    • Go fish
    • Snap
    • Memory
    • Order them and place on a number line
    • Difference between cards to get as close as possible to a total
    • Add amounts on cards to get as close as possible to a total
    • Find the number in the middle between two cards if they were at opposite ends of a number line
    • Instead of asking for the right amount, ask for ten more/less
    • Find the two-digit numbers on a hundreds chart
  2. Make ten dominoes:
    • Join on the same amount. Aim: join every domino.
    • Join on the amount that adds to ten. Aim: join every domino.
    • Join on the amount that adds/subtracts to five (e.g., join a 3 to an 8).
  3. Partitioning cards:
    • Make ten: play like “Go fish”, but open-handed and with at least 3 cards each. Ask for an amount that would “make ten” (add or subtract) with one or more of your cards. Aim: use up all the cards as a group. You can use more than 2 cards (e.g., 12 – 3 + 1 makes ten).
    • Go fish in threes: play like “Go fish”, but make a set of any 3 cards where the two smaller amounts add to make the bigger amount.
    • Sort cards into pairs that make a given amount.
    • Go fish
    • Memory
    • Snap

Number-tasks laminated sheet

  1. Number of the day: write a number in the centre box. Students find four ways to make it.
    • Place value: words, digits, equations, drawing, collecting
    • Length: find four things longer/shorter/similar to and write the measurements
    • Similar idea for mass and capacity
    • Time: four activities you would do at that time of the day
    • Elapsed time: four equations to end at that time
    • Fractions: equivalence, decimal, draw it, words, symbols…
    • Money: four ways to make that amount using notes/coins, things that cost about that much…
    • Money change: four equations to give that much change, or make that total
    • 2D shapes or 3D objects that have this shape in the room
  2. Tens frame:
    • Colour specific amount. How much more to ten?
    • Counting patterns or algebraic patterns
    • XY function table (then graph on the blank hundred squares)
    • Each fits a ten cent piece so can show money
    • Shade in a specific fraction
  3. Blank number line:
    • Any normal number line task
    • Adding and subtracting by jumps (wholes, fractions, decimals, integers)
    • Relative size of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers
    • Powers (e.g., 100, 101, 102)
    • Roll three dice. Make two-digit numbers using the numbers rolled as digits. Make biggest and smallest, then write them on the ends of the line. Add the others to the line.
    • Chance 0-1 or impossible to certain
    • Skip counting
  4. Blank hundred square
    • General hundreds chart
    • Multiplication grid or addition grid
    • Anything you would use squares for in a normal maths book
    • Colouring arrays (e.g., game where we roll 2 dice and shade in that rectangle)
    • Graphs
    • Coordinates and functions
    • Mapping and directions
    • Table or place value chart
    • Colouring decimals, fractions, percentages
    • 100 squares as 100 cents, so colour amounts of money out of $1
  5. Circle
    • Clock
    • Pie chart
    • Percentages and fractions
    • Partitioning (it is a bowl or cup covering some blocks)
    • Angles, including radians
    • Time zones and longitude
  6. Randomly connected squares
    • Parts of a hundreds chart (write a number in any square and use this to find the others)





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