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Teaching New Games for Math With I have it all wrong?!


I am very excited to start using Math Daily 3 this coming year, but as I am getting my thoughts together, I keep struggling with this problem. The choice boards need to have multiple “choices” available, and I was planning on changing up choices with every new unit (every 4 weeks or so…). It seems overwhelming to have to teach 3 or so choices for each Daily 3 every month. Am I getting this all wrong?!


Maybe just 1 new game pertaining to that unit; you could make an easier and more challenging version for differentiation. You could also have the students make it fit their needs; they may come up with more ideas! Or have the easier version repeat concepts previously taught and the challenge be a combination of concepts. I hope this helps!


I have just begun using the board this year. I leave some games up all year because those concepts (addition and subtraction) can be practiced throughout every unit. Then I will try to look at what I am teaching to find one or two games that compliment it. Because I am using binders for my games, which are in page protectors, when I take games out, I am filing them under the topic I introduced them so I will be able to add them quickly next year.