Yesterday Year 5 used the game Fruit Ninja to practise their grid method for multiplication – Read here.
Today, Year 4 used the game to practise their addition using partitioning.
Learning Objective: Refine and use efficient written methods to add and subtract two-digit and three-digit whole numbers and £.p
We focused on the partitioning method for addition as demonstrated below:
We looked at a couple of examples as a class making sure that children knew the right way to partition and add all their numbers together. Once the children had all had a go on their whiteboards it was time to practise in a more interesting way.
To engage all the children I have found using some of the children’s favourite iPad game works wonders. Having used Angry Birds and Temple Run with some classes, Fruit Ninja was another popular game the children love playing which I wanted to use in Numeracy.
The aim of the game is simple, swipe your finger to slice the fruit and score points. What makes this game great is that it has a multiplayer option so two children can play each other trying to score the most points in 30 seconds. After the game is over – children add their scores together.
Straight away the children were completely hooked, having the chance to play a game to generate their numbers had them focused so much more than a textbook. The competitive boys were trying to get their calculations solved quickly to then replay and beat their friends. Also I made sure that the children checked their answer with their partner in case any miscalculations were made.
Another great way of using these fun and enjoyable games to motivate and engage the children in their lessons.