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When Summer is almost here they start feeling bored about mental math, so last year I came up with this idea during the Summer to have them enjoy this practice again. I was doing some cleaning at home when I found some board games my mother wanted to donate. This was a disgusting board game that consisted on picking inside this man's nose. The winner was the one that made his brain jump. Disturbing...I know.
So a few weeks ago I introduced my first graders to "El Señor Mocoso". I was a bit worried but they loved it!
So here is what we do. I ask them three rounds of addition problems and the one that guess 2 o more win the chance of picking inside his nose... If anybody pulls out the brain they get a round of applause from their classmates.
This silly game has returned their motivation.