NSights Math Games for Conceptual Understanding, published by the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), is a great resource for educators to use with any mathematics curriculum. There are 11 math games in this volume that support students in upper elementary grades and higher as they acquire a deeper understanding of number relationships and problem-solving strategies. Each game is classroom tested by students and teachers and user-friendly for educators, ready to implement in class.

The book is co-authored by Dr. Barbara J. Dougherty, Fay Zenigami, Dr. Linda Venenciano, and Cynthia Twibell. It is one of the components of the X to whY Algebra for Understanding, a multi-faceted project that focuses on students who struggle in middle and high school mathematics while increasing access to algebraic concepts and skills for all students.

“As educators, we struggle to make math engaging for all learners,” CRDG Director Barbara Dougherty said. “NSights Math Games for Conceptual Understanding is designed to bring the joy back to the math while developing important mathematical ideas.”

In some games, there are different levels or versions that range from simple to more complex mathematical ideas and are appropriate for use in a range of classrooms. Educators can match the game’s mathematical ideas and complexity to the levels of their students. The learning outcomes for each game are closely aligned to target concepts and skills for late elementary through high school.

Learn more or purchase the book at the X to whY Algebra project website.

About the Authors

Dr. Barbara J. Dougherty is the Director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.

Dr. Linda Venenciano is the Associate Director of CRDG.

Fay Zenigami is a CRDG Junior Specialist in Mathematics Education.

Cynthia Twibell is a Mathematics Teacher at the University Laboratory School.

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