# Time-saving solutions for rotation groups

Balancing time in rotation groups can be especially tricky:  we need enough time to be able to work in depth with a small group, but not so much that behaviour management becomes a problem as kids get bored.

The Back-to-Front Maths authors created a really simple system for rotation groups that frees up a 20 minute block of your time to work with a particular group of students, while engaging the rest of the students in simple 5-minute rotational games that build their fluency.  In this short video, Tierney explains how to run running fantastic rotation groups.

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We have also created a whole bunch of suitable activities to use in these rotation groups.  You can read about Tierney’s 10 favourite activities here and if you are a website subscriber you can click here to check out all the downloadable fluency activities, or scroll to the bottom of the page to download just the ones from the video.  You can also save yourself even more time by buying the games directly.

## Our Card Games for Rotation Groups:

Single-Digit matching cards:  Play four different games that engage young children while reinforcing their understanding of single digit numbers!  Each set contains four different representations of numbers – ideal for solidifying connections and promoting automaticity.
Each game takes five minutes to play for groups between 2 and 6 players.

Two-Digit matching cards: Challenge young minds to match multiple representations of two-digit numbers in four fast games designed specifically for use in rotation group time.   Each set contains four different representations of numbers, including non-standard forms, to help solidify connections in place value.
Each game takes five minutes to play for groups between 2 and 6 players.

Three-Digit matching cards: Challenge young minds to match multiple representations of three-digit numbers in four fast games designed specifically for use in rotation group time.   Each set contains four different representations of numbers with similar digits yet different amounts, including non-standard forms, to help solidify connections in place value.  Each game takes five minutes to play for groups between 2 and 6 players.

Partitioning Cards:  Build connections between addition and subtraction with 11 different game variations from this one pack of cards.   Partitioning is a key concept in number development for primary school children and pivotal for later understanding of place value.
Each game takes five minutes to play for groups between 2 and 6 players

Make-Ten Dominoes:  Solidify partitioning and build automaticity with tens facts with this fun dominoes-style game.   Work together as a team to connect all the cards together, joining pairs of numbers that add to give ten.  Each game takes five minutes to play for groups between 2 and 6 players

Purchase our pre-made Game Card Set:  Five games for Rotation Group Solutions

A complete Rotation Group Solution for Lower Primary Teachers.  This game set contains five different card packs, with instructions for 25 different games and variations.

• Matching cards: single-digit, two-digit and three-digit
• Partitioning cards
• Make-ten dominoes

OR, to download the resources to make yourself – here they are:

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