As my home state of Michigan sifts through its political gridlock toward full acceptance of the Common Core State Standards, it’s clear that math instruction in Michigan needs to make a major shift. We are moving from a very low-level standardized math assessment (the MEAP test) to one that will be much more focused on having students apply their knowledge in complex situations (the Smarter Balanced test). I personally am scrambling for fun new Common Core-aligned games, simulations, and real-world problems for my third graders.
Enter the book Food Fights, Puzzles, and Hideouts: Mixing in Math. This 77-page book is jam-packed with a variety of Common Core-aligned games, activities, and problems for elementary students. Whether you’re looking for activities for a math center or looking to find whole-class games to stimulate mathematical thought in your elementary students, this book is for you.
For folks in other states who made the switch to Common Core a while back, what other valuable Common Core math resources have you been using?