Lower Elementary
Cross-Curricular

Playing Mind Games

Much like sneaking in the vegetables to a deceptively tasty meal, games can be a great way to introduce a tough concept to students without them even realizing that they are learning anything at all. This collection is a selection of games that can be used in the classroom to tackle a wide variety of topics.
A Collection By Lynette DiPalma
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Playing Mind Games
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Math is not my strong suit, so using games to reinforce basic principles helps me from crying when I have to teach it. This game is quick and easy and can be played over and over to help develop math skills and strategies.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Most of us probably remember the old "cootie catcher" games, though they usually involved dubious predictions for futures that probably (hopefully, even) never happened. This is "cootie catcher" game that explores simple machines on a free printable worksheet.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Math isn't the only thing you can learn through games! Believe it or not, this small collection focuses on folder-type games that teach plant biology.
  • Matter Bingo

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    Lynette DiPalma says:
    Bingo (the game, not the dog) is one of the most flexible games, which is probably why it's so ubiquitous. This bingo game explores the three states of matter in a fun and interactive way. Downloadable for a small fee, the game is housed on a website that allows teachers to share their self-designed resources with other teachers.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Some grown-ups still have trouble balancing their checkbooks, so teaching basic economic principles is not the easiest topic to deal with, especially in elementary school. "Snakes and Donuts" introduces the basic principles of supply and demand in a relatively painless way, though you may have a craving for donuts before the day is over.
  • infospace.ischool.syr.edu
    infospace.ischool.syr.edu

    Games As Educational Tools: Teaching Skills, Transforming Thoughts

    4 minute read
    Lynette DiPalma says:
    I'm a pretty big nerd and a gamer, so it makes me happy to know that games and gaming certainly have a place in education. This article discusses that place and provides links to investigate the topic further.
  • news.stanford.edu
    news.stanford.edu

    Playing to learn

    3 minute read
    Lynette DiPalma says:
    This is another article that explores the value of games in education. The information is pulled from a panel discussion and also includes links to a program about education and technology that has some fascinating information on it as well.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    An entire website devoted to online educational games. What's not to love?
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Once again this resource exposes my love for simple, cheap, and easy-to-find materials. The game "Race to a Quarter" is super easy to learn and using a chip-and-dip container from the dollar store to help students understand coin values and relative coin-exchange principles.