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Title of the Experience
Mathematical games
Name of the teacher
Bogumiła Szukalska
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
I am a teacher of mathematics in primary school, but at the same time I conduct individual classes with students from junior high school. Mathematics becomes more attractive if we can play with it. Mathematical games and plays help the student to develop combination thinking, stimulate intellectual activity and the will to self-overcoming difficulties. They train logical thinking, abstracting and classifying.
During the classes, students are divided into three teams, that work at the “stations”. At every station they spend no more than 20 minutes and play games to solidify the rules of divisibility of numbers, to improve memory and help to discover the rules and regularity of numerical sequences.
The first game is based on the rule that students receive the same amount of tokens with multi-digit numbers, and they have to put them into proper containers as soon as possible in accordance with the characteristics of divisibility of numbers. The winner is the first person that gets rid of tokens and puts them in correct containers.
The second game - three containers with tape on which numbers were written down according to certain rules. On the tape there are a lot of numbers, but after the third one can guess what is next. The winner is the first who discovers the principle of formation of consecutive numbers.
The third game - is a proposal to create a magic square by each student for other sum or product. The one who first completes the task in the allotted time wins and scores.
After completing the tasks on one station, students move to the next station, so that every student can participate in each game. Students eagerly participate in this type of classes. After such a type of classes students individually create mathematical games for the next classes to make it more attractive.

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