# Math Games Tool: 100 Chart

Why use a 100 chart? What does it have to do with math games?

On first glance a 100 chart looks like a good way to teach your child to count to 100. Don't be fooled...it is so much more than that....and a perfect support for playing math games.

Personal Moment:When I started teaching I didn't realize the power of the 100 chart. My eyes were open as I gained more experience and realized that the 100 chart is an essential tool in learning mathematics. For example, a 100 chart can be used to teach: even and odd numbers, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, 10's, 11's, prime and composite numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, sequencing, and the list goes on and on.

When Should I start using a 100 chart?

Once kids are very familiar with counting from one to twenty, they should be introduced to a 100 chart.

Here is a suggest sequential list of activities you can do with a hundreds chart.

The following is not a complete list, but a great start:

• Count to 100 on their own

• Fill in a blank 100 chart

• Look for numerical patterns ( rows end in the same numbers,etc)

• Color even and odd number with different colors

• Start at a chosen number ….add or subtract a chosen number......use a finger to count by 1's, then progress into counting by 10's when appropriate ( this is huge for learning place value).

• Skip count by different numbers coloring each a different color ( for example, as you skip count by 5 mark each of the numbers with blue).

• Circle groups of numbers. How many groups of 3 does it take to get to 21?

• Math Games Tools: Free 100 Chart
Math Games Tools: Free Blank 100 Chart