Stick Math Game
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: November 9, 2002
a plastic cup with 50 popsicle sticks. Write the numbers 0-9 on each popsicle
stick. (Each number should be used 5 times.) Place the sticks with the number
down in the cup. Working in pairs, there are a number of different ways this game
can be played according to how you set it up.
students may choose to play the game by comparing the numbers that are chosen.
Each player chooses a stick from the cup. The student with the largest number
wins and keeps both sticks.
may also play by each choosing 2 sticks, and then performing a number operation
to use with those numbers such as multiplying them, adding them, subtracting,
or dividing- with the largest answer winning that "hand."
may also ask your students to each draw a specific amount of sticks and then asking
them to use place value to form the largest or smallest number with the sticks
possibilities are endless! Just imagine all of the different ways these math sticks
can be used to keep students thinking!