# Blog

Teachers often ask us how to incorporate Zorbit's Math Adventure into their lesson plans, so we wanted to share five quick and easy ways that you can integrate game-based learning resources like Zorbit's Math into your lesson plan and classroom!

Winter holidays are coming! There are so many creative ways to incorporate the holidays into your classroom - holiday themed puzzles, games, problem solving, and collaboration are great ways to keep your students engaged and remind them about the fun in math. These types of hands-on activities are some of our favorite ways to make math a meaningful and enriching experience.

Place value (the value indicated by where a digit is in a multi-digit number, e.g.: units, tens, hundreds) is one of the keystone concepts in children’s math education. An understanding of place value is necessary for carrying out operations like addition and subtraction with numbers that exceed a single digit. For decades, educators have based their math curricula on the idea that place value is too difficult for most preschoolers to understand.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have made a discovery that may seriously shape how educators approach early math. In a study published in Cognition, psychology professor Daniel Hyde tested a group of first graders’ basic intuitions about numbers.

The results of his study indicated kids who were routinely exposed to groups of items of different quantities and asked to use approximation to predict which group was bigger or smaller performed significantly better on a math test administered shortly afterwards than children who did not participate in an approximation exercise.

A very wise man, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

OK, maybe Yogi’s quotes weren’t always genius, but this one actually makes sense. In education, we know where we want students to end up, but the way there is not always clear. Assessment is a crucial element of determining that path.

Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities.  It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!

Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!).  In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.

How important is parental support in children's math development? Sylvia Tobin, a Kindergarten teacher with 28 years of experience, gives us the low-down on how to set kids up for a lifetime of success in math.