Kakooma Archives - Mary Kienstra

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Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 12, 2015  in: #tlap, Engagement, Kakooma

My students love to play Kakooma on www.gregtangmath.com .  In fact, Kakooma Challenge is the centerpiece of our Friday math routine.   I’ve bragged to every teacher I know about how engaging Kakooma is for students and how we use it to learn so many things in my class.  Today we competed in a Kakooma Challenge via Google Hang Out with a […] Read more


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Let Your Students Decide: Mean or Median?

By: Mary Kienstra on: September 24, 2014  in: Discussion, Engagement, Kakooma, Mean, median

Some days, what you plan to teach is not what your students learn.  Friday was one of those days, but in a good way!   Every Friday, math class begins with Kakooma Challenge.  This game has become quite a favorite.  Everyone looks forward to the challenge and hopefully beating the other classes.  (Yes, a little […] Read more


A Good Problem to Have

By: Mary Kienstra on: September 11, 2014  in: Collaboration, Engagement, enthusiasm, Kakooma, Math

The biggest problem I have this year with my math students is that they are over-enthusiastic about math.  I prefer to call it that instead of “talkative”.  I joke that their enthusiasm is a good problem to have. This group of students LOVES math. They truly are excited and enthusiastic about everything we are doing. […] Read more


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We Won the Kakooma Tournament!

By: Mary Kienstra on: June 9, 2014  in: Engagement, focus, Greg Tang math, Kakooma, teamwork

We are Beebe HM! We love Greg Tang’s Kakooma game in my classes.  I’ve written about our weekly Kakooma Challenge many times.  But this time, we hit it out of the park!  Greg Tang’s website (www.gregtangmath.com) hosted a Kakooma Tournament last week.  One part of the tourney was addition, the other multiplication. Lucky for us, […] Read more




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If it’s Friday, it must be Kakooma Challenge Day

By: Mary Kienstra on: January 17, 2014  in: engagement. computation, Greg Tang, Kakooma, Math, Mean, SmartBoard

        Friday has always been a good day at school, but this year Friday has become Kakooma Challenge Day in my classroom.  Maybe you’ve heard of the Kakooma game from www.gregtangmath.com  If you haven’t, take a look.  Kakooma Challenge gets my whole class talking about math.  They are so motivated in this […] Read more