Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Math Freebie - A Twist on the Dot Game

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
While searching for resources for teaching scientific notation I came across a middle school version of the dot game where students were required to simplify exponents and record numbers in scientific notation. I loved this idea and wrote to the author asking if I could adapt his idea for the elementary classroom. My thanks to Kevin Koch for giving me permission to create these resources! Here's what I've come up with so far.

In this version of the dot game, students draw line segments and form boxes as usual. When they complete a box, they earn one point. However, if they complete a box with a picture, they must solve some type of problem (write the number, name the fraction, etc.). Answering correctly earns a player extra points. Once all the boxes have been made, players total their scores. The player with the highest score is the winner.

I made two versions to start. One game is for young students on identifying numbers. The other is for older students and is on naming and writing fractions in simplest form. Here's what they look like.


I hope you get a chance to use these in your home or classroom. Please let me know if you try these and how you like them! 


  1. I really like both of these dot games. The number recognition game can be used for lower level upper elem/middle school students. The fractions game can be used for grades 4 through 8. Easy review game in 8.

  2. Thanks. It is cool.
    Really good way to learn fractions.