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May 1, 2018

Math Time Fillers

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This time of the year can definitely be tough! With that in mind, I want to share some time fillers that will help you in math. These can be for times that you finish math early, testing is finished and you need something fun to do, or your lesson isn't going as planned and you need a back-up activity. Here are just a few suggestions for you.

This has been a lifesaver for me! My students LOVE the games on here. It's a great way to review multiplication. You can also work on addition, subtraction, or division as well. This is a no prep activity. It's free for your students to use and you do not need to sign up ahead of time. Please note: there are a ton of ads on this site. It's important to show students how to play the game and how to distinguish an ad.

Guess My Number Cards

1. Tell students that you are thinking of a number between 1 and 31. 
2. Look at each card. If the number is there, tell the students, "Yes." If it is not on there, tell the students, "No." 
3. Students then guess the number. If students know the trick (The first number in the upper left hand corner is so important to finding the answer. You add the numbers of all the cards that have the number to find the answer.), they should be able to guess the answer correctly.

If you are interested in getting these cards for free or need more information, click HERE to read a blog post I wrote just about these cards.

Read a Book

So often, teachers only read stories to students during reading time. Math is a great opportunity to read some books as well. Below are just a few of my favorites. (Please note that these are Amazon Affiliate links.)


I especially recommend any books by David A. Adler! I LOVE his books!

Task Cards

I use task cards all the time. While many times I may set them out as a Scoot activity, task cards are also great to use as time fillers. You can complete 1-2 as an exit ticket, whole group activity, or if you prepare early enough, you can hide them around the room for a scavenger hunt. Interested in learning 7 ways to use task cards in your room? Check out the blog post I wrote HERE.

What are some of your favorite math time filler activities?

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