Knock off the Clock is a fun, fast-paced math game that can be used for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. If you are playing with younger children, use addition and subtraction only. Older students can use any operation.
Here's How to Play This Fun Math Game
Have each student draw a clock on their paper, with the numbers 1-12 labelled as shown here.
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Students roll two dice and add, subtract, multiply, or divide them. They write the full equation on their paper and then cross the answer off of their clock, “knocking” out one of the numbers.
Play continues until all the numbers have been “knocked off the clock.”
If you are playing in pairs rather than individually, students compete to see who can be the first one to knock all the numbers off their clock.
Here’s a video so you can see this game in action.
Knock off the Clock is a fun game to play as a math warm-up, or if you have five minutes left in class and want to use it effectively.
Using Math Games with Older Students
Even if you teach older students, try playing simple games like this every once in awhile! You might think they are past it, but don’t underestimate the power of having fun in math class. And who couldn’t use a bit of fact fluency practice?!