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Well Played, Grades 3-5

  • Title:Well Played: Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games and Puzzles, Grades 3-5
  • Author:Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, Jayne Bamford Lynch
  • Publication Date:May 2015
  • Grade Level:3-5
  • ISBN:9781625310323
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Students love math games and puzzles, but how much are they really learning from the experience? Too often, math games are thought of as just a fun activity or enrichment opportunity. Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides teachers with unique access to student thinking.

The twenty-five games and puzzles in Well Played, which have all been field-tested in diverse classrooms, contain:

  • explanations of the mathematical importance of each game or puzzle and how it supports student learning;
  • variations for each game or puzzle to address a range of learning levels and styles;
  • clear step-by-step directions; 
  • classroom vignettes that model how best to introduce the featured game or puzzle.

The book also includes a separate chapter with suggestions for how to effectively manage games and puzzles in diverse classrooms; reproducibles that provide directions, game boards, game cards, and puzzles; assessment

Well Played will help you tap the power of games and puzzles to engage students in sustained and productive mathematical thinking.

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Author Bio

Jayne Bamford Lynch is a district math instructional coach in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she spends most of her days in elementary classrooms supporting coaches, teachers, and students.

Linda Dacey

, professor of mathematics and education at Lesley University, began her career teaching at the elementary level and early in her career, received an NSF grant to develop a model program for preparing middle school teachers.

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