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### An Easy, Fun Math Game for Leap Day Or Any Day!

If you're looking for something quick and easy to make Leap Day special, try this fun and engaging math game that will really make your students think!

I was hoping to find something cute and easy for my Spanish immersion kids to celebrate Leap Day tomorrow, but since it's not a common event, it seems there's not a lot out there for celebrating El Año Bisiesto.

I myself did not want to create something I can't use again until 2020, so I decided to tweak an Every Math game I used to play called Name That Number.

You can watch the video tutorial or keep on scrolling for the instructions.

#### You Will Need:

* a deck of cards, a 12-sided die, or a digital random number generator on your computer
* a timer
* individual whiteboards

***Update: I've received a lot of questions about these cards. :P I found mine at Goodwill but can't find the exact ones online. There is a similar set on Amazon (this is an affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you).  If you Ebay, you can also trying snagging a set there.

#### How to Play:

1) Students can play individually or in groups. I will have mine play by table.

2) Choose five random numbers by pulling from the deck of cards, rolling the die, or choosing from the number generator (use numbers 0-12).

 These are the values I give to the non-number cards.
3) Choose an objective two-digit number. To tie in Leap Day, we will be using the number 29. If it's not Leap Day (most likely), you can have a student choose their favorite number.

 These playing cards were a Goodwill find - I love their unusual shape!

4) Set the timer for two minutes (or whatever you choose).

5)  Students try to create an expression using the five random digits that is equal to the objective numbers. They can use any of the four operations (lower grades can just use addition and subtraction).

6) Each number they include earns the student/team a point, so they want to try to include as many numbers as possible. Some examples for the cards below would be (3 x 6) + 11 or (6 x 10) ÷ 4 + (11 + 3). (Watch the video to see examples more clearly.)

3) If a student/team uses all five numbers, that round ends and they earn five points.

4) Play a few rounds. The team with the most points at the end wins.

And that's it! It's been a few years since I've used this game, but I know the group of kiddos I have this year will knock it out of the ballpark.

Let me know if you play it and how it goes!

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### XtraMath Champion Trophies - Math Facts Fluency Fun!

Do your students need some motivation to master their facts? Are you also looking for another way to provide them with more independent practice? Then I would highly suggest the free website XtraMath.

Click on the image above to watch their overview view. I've started using this site this year and love it so much because:

1) Students are on autopilot with this site. The review is just a few minutes long and then another student's name is chosen to practice next. It's perfect to set up during your morning work routine. A student video is also provided to show students how the process works at the beginning of the year.

2) Useful data is provided to keep you and parents updated on student progress.

3) Once students pass an operation level (going in order from addition, subtraction, multiplication to division), you can print out a nifty certificate for them. And they come in multiple languages! I print mine out in Spanish for my immersion kiddos - added bonus!

4) It's free! And the setup is fairly simple. XtraMath does a great job at explaining how to start the program.

And you can really make the completion of this program a big deal. As a fourth grade teacher, I want the majority (if not all) of my students to pass all four levels of operations. When my students accomplish this feat, I award them with one of our special XtraMath Champion trophies.

I grabbed these for a dozen for around \$6 at Amazon here (This is an affiliate link and I do receive a small commission if you purchase - at no extra charge to you.)

Last year I made these trophy pencils from some mini trophies I found at Party City. However, I couldn't find any glue (hot, super, gorilla, nada!) that would keep the trophies on the pencils. So I'm sticking with the Amazon trophies for now.

UPDATE: This year I am trying out these Top Banana trophies. My kids are so excited! Grab them at Amazon with this affiliate link.

I also take a picture of the student and add it to my XtraMath Chamipions folder in the SeeSaw app for peers and parents to see.

And that's it! Easy to implement and the students are always eager to practice.

If you're looking for some other ways to have your students practice math fact fluency, be sure to check out the following post, too (those multiplication cards you see are FREE). :) Happy teaching!

*Tabitha Carro is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.