Good Digital Games, Manipulatives, and Puzzles for Math for Elementary Teachers:
- Algeburst: Topics in Arithmetic for iPad: Prealgebra arithmetic skills like signed numbers, fractions, and decimals.
- Algeburst Lite for iPad: A taste of the two full version apps.
- Algeboats Lite for iPad: Evaluate algebraic expressions and improve your mental math skills. (Video Demo of Algeboats)
- Hungry Fish (iPad): Arithmetic (Video Demo of Hungry Fish)
- Square Logic for iPad: Arithmetic, Inequalities, Properties of Numbers (Video Demo of Square Logic)
- Factortris: Multiplication tables, Factor pairs (Video Demo of Factortris)
- Flower Power: Ordering of decimals, fractions, and percents (Video Demo of Flower Power), NOTE: This game now requires you to set up a teacher account with student sub-accounts for students to play past the “Lite” version.
- Ice Ice Maybe: Estimation skills, Number Sense (Video Demo of Ice Ice Maybe)
- Penguin Jump Multiplayer: Multiplication tables (what makes this one fun is the competition, the social aspect)
- Red Remover: Logic skills (but don’t believe for an instant that it’s a geometry game, like it claims)
- Factor Feeder: Number Factors (Video Demo of Factor Feeder)
- NLVM Circle Puzzles: Adding Integers, Decimals (Video Demo of Circle Puzzle)
Paper-based Games, Puzzles, and Manipulatives for Elementary Math:
- Operation Integers : Add, subtract, multiply, or divide integers
- OOP Chain Puzzle: Order of Operations
- Factor Pair Block: Practice with learning factor pairs and preparing to find the GCF (also print Gameboard and Directions & Player Cards)
- Prime Number Tiles Manipulative : Prime factorization, GCF, LCM, Fraction Simplification, Radical Simplification (Blog Post about Prime Number Tiles)
- Set of Real Numbers Manipulatives: Categorizing numbers into sets (Whole, Natural, Integer, Positive, Negative, Rational, Irrational)
- Colored Counter Manipulatives: Add or Subtract Integers (Video Demo for Colored Counters, Blog post about Colored Counters)
- Sequence Patterns : Students find the patterns in a collection of sequences and then sort them by similarities
- Fraction Catch (by John Golden)
- Ancient Numeration Manipulatives
- Polygon Capture: Game about the properties of polygons from the NCTM Illuminations website. An improved version of this game can be found here on John Golden’s website.