Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School

Problem Solving Challenge!

Challenge your child to create one addition, one subtraction, one multiplication, and/or one division word problem each night and solve it. Don't forget to ask him explain or model how he got the answers.

Ask Questions...

Does this always work?
Can you show me another strategy?
Tell me more about your results.
Give me an example of what you mean?
What if you did____, then what might happen?
What would this look like? Model/draw it for me.

"Board games and other games teach thinking skills, negotiating skills, strategizing and camaraderie.  Too often our students are adept at computer and video games that focus solely on individual strategies but do not involve the critical social piece of learning how to interact with others."  Linda Tilton

Play Card and Board Games

Familiar card games, commercial games, and outdoor games are excellent opportunities to practice using basic number facts and computation, and to reason mathematically. It is important to be flexible. You may find out that children can improve on the rules by inventing their own! Questions such as, "What would happen if..."? How could we change it so that...?" can be especially helpful in encouraging children to stretch their thinking as they learn. 
  • Battleship (Grid coordinates, logical thinking)
  • Blokus; Blokus Duo: (algebraic thinking, spatial sense)
  • Checkers (Counting, Logical thinking)
  • Chess (Logical thinking)
  • Chinese Checkers (Logical thinking)
  • Chutes and Ladders (Counting, number relationships, number sequencing)
  • Connect Four (Counting, Logical thinking)
  • Dominoes (Counting, matching, mental math/basic facts, logical thinking)
  • Farkle (Patterns, probability, addition with large numbers)
  • Go Fish ( Matching, numeral recognition)
  • Krypto (Number Sense, computation, order of operations)
  • Mastermind (Recognizing patterns, logical thinking, problem solving)
  • Monopoly and Monopoly Jr. (Counting, mental math/basic facts, making change, logical thinking)
  • Old Maid (Matching, logical thinking)
  • Rack-O (Logical thinking, number sequencing, number relationships)
  • Set (Pattern recognition, logical thinking)
  • Simon (Sequencing, memory enhancement, counting)
  • Sorry (Counting, basic facts, logical thinking)
  • Uno (Logical thinking, strategy)
  • Yahtzee (Mental math/basic facts, number sense, logical thinking)
  • Yahtzee, Jr. (Matching, logical thinking)

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