Thumb Ball (grades 3-5)
Addition, subtraction, or multiplication review.
Materials and Preparation:
Divide a rubber ball into sections using a permanent marker.
Put a number in each section. You will also need a chalkboard
and chalk to keep score.
Divide the class into two teams or more.
Line the teams up. The teacher tosses the ball to
the first student/team.
The student catches the ball, looks at the numbers
his thumbs landed on, says them out loud and performse
the selected operation.
If the student calculates correctly, his team earns
a point (or you can use the total as the number of
If the student calculates an incorrect answer, no
points are given.
The ball is then passed to the next team's player.
The game continues until time is up or a preset total
is reached (50-100). The highest score wins.