2nd Grade Math Games Encourages Independent Thinkers

Second graders no longer require the attention and doting over like they did in Kindergarten. They enjoy spending time alone and being self-reliant and independent. Their brains have grown and developed to a point where they become more reflective, inward thinkers focusing on rules and practical ideas. Brain development continues to build cognitive structures and connections between ideas; it’s the best time for working 2nd grade math computer games.

Get Snappy

Snap Blocks is the perfect 2nd grade math game for the independent thinker. The game asks students to build and analyze math problems such as 3+2+11=5+1+10. Each problem is on its own row. If the child places an addend such as three and two on the top row, then five belongs below it. Now considered equal and the same length, a golden wand appears to separate this section of rows from the remaining part of the math problem. Next, the child places 11, 1 and 10 on the correct rows; they snap together. The golden wand appears again and the child sees how the two problems are indeed equal. As correct answers continue, problems intensify by adding more addends to each side of the equal sign or using larger addends. This game allows the children to see relationships between numbers and visualize equality while forcing them to use logic when solving the puzzle; users must decide which numbers are equal prior to placing and snapping them together. Logic and analysis is definitely required.

Make a Math Problem Friendly

Too many numbers in math problems is either a challenge for some children or scary. Either way, making a math problem friendly by turning one of the addends into a multiple of 10 makes the problem less intimidating. The game is called Compensation Buckets. For example, the original problem is 38+43; 38 and 43 have their own buckets. The child clicks on the bucket for 43 and subtracts two. The two add to 38 and become 40. A new friendlier problem is created: 40+41. The child is now able to type the answer for the new problem. Once the answer is typed, the game shows the child how the original and friendly problems have the same answers; therefore, a number relationship is established. As the child progresses through the game and continues to answer problems correctly, the two digit addends become three digit addends. This game is another example of how differentiated learning is utilized and customized for each learner.

Add and Subtract Like A Mad Scientist

In this game, children add and subtract using a t-chart. The function machine takes an input number, which is displayed on top of the machine. Next, the screen of the function machine displays a rule such as +/- 10 and +/- values of one through nine. The child applies the rule and then types the output number on the right side of the t-chart. Both the input number and output numbers are displayed on the t-chart. An added bonus to this game is the opportunity for your child to determine the rule that was used to complete a t-chart. A completed t-chart shows numbers filled in all rows. The child must determine the common rule between the numbers. For example, if the input was two and the output was seven, what rule was applied? The child must then examine the remaining rows and check if the rule of adding five applies to all the rows. This game challenges the math brain as the child must complete all the problems in his or her head unless paper and pencil are at hand. Regardless of the method used to find the correct answer, the game works on addition and subtraction and gets progressively harder as the child responds correctly.

Jumping the Number Line

Being able to visualize addition and subtraction is a helpful tool for all learners, and an open number line for 2nd grade math games is one of those tools. Students make jumps of 10 and use landmark numbers to find the answer to the addition or subtraction problem. The patterns for finding the answer is much easier to see and much more obvious when viewed on a number line. Students become more accurate problem solvers and flexible thinkers.

Using 2nd grade math computer games encourages neural connections and helps second grade brains further develop ways to connect ideas and build knowledge. New knowledge helps them gain confidence about what they learn and encourage their independence; new cognitive structures are the beginning of advanced problem solving and reasoning.