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"Contig": a game to practice and sharpen skills and facts in the four fundamental operations

This article (pdf) describes a game for 2-5 players that develops fluency with whole number operations. The game is played on a non-standard 8 by 8 number grid with three dice. Players take turns rolling the dice and forming expressions that result in a target number on the grid. The name "Contig" refers to the fact that players score points by claiming a number adjacent to occupied squares. A Contig game board is provided as well as a game board (same numbers rearranged), rule sheet and scoring sheet for Number Neighborhood, an alternative name for the game. The author suggests game variations and discussion questions.
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Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, Frank W. Broadbent - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Developing Fact FluencyThis collection supports teachers as they help children develop fluency with number facts in all four operations. The resources take advantage of patterns and number sense, properties, parity, and other connections, to improve retention and transferability. They encourage reasoning and strategic thinking. Several articles and videos suggest specific activities and games that can be incorporated into classroom routines. A unit of lesson plans helps with addition facts and a series of blog entries includes ideas for teaching multiplication facts.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Basic Operations, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Game, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, Frank W. Broadbent - Author
    • Publication Date2009-05-27
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2011 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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