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Experimental Work in Elementary Schools: The Use of Games in Second Grade Number Work


by Cornelia Hall - 1904

In accordance with our curriculum, there is no systematic teaching of number in the first grade, but the children are taught incidentally to count and to use other forms of measurement. It is left to the second grade to begin the more formal work. Since children who enter the second grade already know how to play many games involving number, it was thought that the interest in these games might be increased and that they might be used in the number teaching. There is an opportunity to teach many number combinations in such common games as dominoes, ring toss and bean bags, while keeping the score is always an added interest. Many children play games without thinking of the number side; they enjoy simply the physical exercise or the skill attained. But the teacher can make use of this pleasure to introduce the number work, and can transfer a portion of the interest to the keeping of the score. This has been tried during the past year, games having been made a part of the regular number work. The games have included dominoes, ring toss, games with beanbags and a marble game suggested by Mr. Jackson of Teachers College. The addition game published by the Cincinnati Game Company has been used by a group of more advanced children.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 3, 1904, p. 39-43
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9801, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 5:05:49 AM

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