Practice calculating elapsed time in a fun, hands-on way! Get your students engaged in practicing 3rd-5th grade math standards with this fun and effective spin and answer game! This download includes no-prep practice activities that are easily differentiated to meet all of your students’ needs. Just add a paperclip to play! Use these games as small group games, math stations or whole class review. Set up as a fun spinner game, your students won’t even notice that they are completing rigorous math problems.
This elapsed time spinner math game is the perfect math game for your 3rd – 5th grade class. Students will learn and practice finding the elapsed time. This printable game is sure to be a crowd favorite for your class. The math game is easy to prep and will provide your students with hours of fun learning. Just print the games, decide the level for each student, add a paperclip, and begin increasing engagement immediately. With games for below level, on level and above level you can quickly and easily differentiate for the needs of your students. Students will practice finding the elapsed time in a fun and engaging way.
This Spin and Answer Math Game Includes:
- Teacher Tips
- Directions Page
- 6 no-prep printable elapsed time games:
- Game #1: AM to PM (times by fifteen minute increments)
- Game #2: AM to PM (times by five minute increments)
- Game #3: AM to PM (times by the minute increments)
- Game #4: PM to AM (times by fifteen minute increments
- Game #5: PM to AM (times by five minute increments)
- Game #6: PM to AM (times by the minute increments)
How to Play: Students play the game by holding a paperclip on the spinner using the tip of a pencil. They spin the paperclip on the top spinner first and write that number under column #1. Then they spin the paperclip on the second spinner then write that number under column #2. Students use the two numbers to complete the problem and write their answer in the column #3.
What’s the best way to use these spin and answer games?
- Math Centers or Stations
- Whole Group Practice
- Morning Work
- Early Finisher Activities
- Send home to engage students’ families
Tips for Playing this Math Game:
- Read the directions to the students and model how to play.
- Be prepared with paperclips for each player.
- Every student should solve every problem – not just the person who spins.
- Create groups of 2-4 students. The lower number of students means the more focused students are while playing.
- Remind students that the focus is not playing the game but that’s just an added bonus! The focus should be on practicing math skills.
- Show students how to compare and discuss answers. Did you both get the same answer? If students get different answers, ask them to solve the problem using a different strategy or help coach each other through the problem.
Do your students need math practice? Students will be playing a game and will often forget that they are even practicing math skills! Research shows that challenge-based gamification in the classroom leads to an increase of 34.755% in student performance (ScienceDirect, 2020).
The best part? Your students will quickly learn the instructions to play the spin and answer games and will get right to work on playing (and practicing) their math skills. This resource is easy to use and requires very little prep. It’s also printer friendly so you’ll only use black ink!
3.MD.A.1Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
5.MD.A.1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
Here’s what other teachers have to say about these spin and answer games…
⭐ “What a way to engage students!”
⭐ “Easy to use, my students enjoyed this resource as a math fluency review center.”
⭐ “I love how there are many different ways to use this as differentiation!! Thank you!”
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