Saturday, April 28, 2012

Monopoly Math

I LOVE to play board games at home, but I also enjoying using them in my classroom. In addition to encouraging cooperation, turn taking and a variety of other social skills, I find I can often use the games to work on math and literacy skills. So, every Friday, I am going to post a Friday Game Night post, giving tips on how to use a particular board game in your classroom. Here’s this week’s Friday Game Night Tip:

**** I’m sorry this Friday Night Game Night is appearing on Saturday afternoon – I was actually having a Friday Night Game Night with my kids last night and forgot to write the post! **** 

Monopoly – Part 1 (Math)

Monopoly is an amazing game for teaching economics, but it’s also great for different math concepts. Here are some ideas on how to use it in your classroom. These ideas are all for the standard version of Monopoly, but could be adapted to fit Monopoly Junior for primary students.

1. Standard Play/Team Play – Playing Monopoly by it’s regular rules includes a lot of math and economics skills, including: making change, counting money, strategizing (also known as problem solving), multiplying (when you have all 3 properties, double the rent) etc.  Play with a group of 5, or split your class into 5 teams and play as a whole class.
2. How much does a Hotel cost?  Working on multiplication, or repeated addition?  Give kids a property card and ask them to figure out how much it costs to get a hotel an a certain property (property value + 4 houses + 1 hotel).  How’s that for problem solving?
3. School-Opoly Math Bulletin Board – Grab this free School-opoly - let students make their own monopoly board Freecopy of my School-Opoly board from Google Docs and make a Monopoly Math Bulletin Board (if you can run it through a poster-maker, it’s all the easier).  Make it as simple or as complex as you’d like – students can use it in a center or you can have teams and use it as a whole group activity.  Simply write math problems onto the board, student roll the dice, if they get the answer correct, they get to “own” that property.  When the game is done – the person who owns the most properties wins.
4. Student Made Problem Solving – Let students use the property cards from Monopoly to make up their own word problems.  For example:  If you want to put 3 houses on St. Charles Place and each house costs $50, how much will you have to spend?

I hope some of the ideas will help you use Monopoly in a new, different way. Find more ways to use board games in your room by clicking HERE. Keep playing games and watching your students learn.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources