‘Around the World’: A Fun, Competitive Game to Enhance Math Fact Fluency

If you are a teacher seeking innovative ways to help your students grasp their math facts, then you’re in for a treat! A game called “Around the World” has proven to be an enjoyable and effective method to encourage students to learn and recall their math facts promptly. Here’s how to implement this game in your classroom:

How to Play ‘Around the World’:

  1. Setting Up: Have your students sit in a circle or in rows, then select one student to stand behind another student’s chair. The seated student and the standing student are the first two competitors.
  2. Calling Out a Math Problem: As the teacher, you call out a math problem. This problem can be a simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division fact. The goal is for the two students in competition – the one standing and the one seated – to answer the problem as quickly as they can.
  3. Moving Around the Room: The first student to correctly answer the problem moves to the next child’s desk, standing behind their chair, and the process repeats with a new problem. If the standing student doesn’t answer first, they take the seat, and the student who was seated stands up and moves on to the next competitor.

The game continues until a student has made it all the way around the room and back to their original seat – thus, the name “Around the World.”

Benefits of ‘Around the World’:

  • Promotes Healthy Competition: The game structure encourages students to compete against each other in a friendly, non-threatening environment. This competition often stimulates engagement and a desire to learn the facts quicker.
  • Improves Math Fact Fluency: Regularly playing this game helps students become more fluent in their math facts. By frequently recalling these facts in a high-pressure situation, students improve their speed and accuracy.
  • Starts Class on a High Note: By playing two or three rounds at the start of your math class, you create a fun and energetic atmosphere, which can set a positive tone for the rest of the class.

Remember, the ultimate goal of this game is not just to memorize math facts but also to make math fun and engaging. As students move “Around the World,” they’re not just learning math—they’re enjoying the journey.

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