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Playful Math for Upper Elementary & Middle School

As our children (and their parents!) play around with mathematical ideas and the relationships between them, we develop deep understanding that is strong enough to support future learning.

Design a Park: area, percentages

Principal's Point of View: Design a Park

Use the digits in the year 2014 to write mathematical expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100. The goal is adjustable by age: You...

2014 Mathematics Game

Euclid’s Game on a Hundred Chart: The first player chooses a number from 1 to 100 and marks that square on the hundred chart. The second player chooses and marks any other n...

Euclid's Game on a Hundred Chart

Visible Fractions - Common Denominators: The explanation was minimal, while the visible locations of the paper were key.

Highhill Homeschool: Visible Fractions - Common Denominators

Real Life Examples of Geometry Terms (Blog Post) Help students solidify new vocabulary by using geometry in their world.

Real Life Examples of Geometry

Learn how to engage your students in this battleship graphing lesson - free directions and a link to free graph paper

Battleship Graphing

Integers card game: The red cards are negative and the black are positive. Each player starts with 6 cards, drawing one at the beginning of their turn and discarding one at the end. The goal is to play pairs that equal 6 or -6. The person playing 3 pairs first wins. The other players add the absolute value of their cards to get a score. The goal is to have the lowest score at the end of the game.

Filling the Frame with Learning: Week 35

Simple math challenge to make the kids really think and apply their math skills.

Fun Games 4 Learning: Math to Make Them Think!

Living Math with Positive and Negative Numbers: In our math lessons from, we're up to the contributions of India and Arabia in the Middle ages, focusing on the number zero and positive and negative numbers. To make integers more c...

Living Math with Positive and Negative Numbers

Fraction Game: My Closest Neighbor--- Math concepts: comparing fractions, equivalent fractions, benchmark numbers, strategic thinking.

Fraction Game: My Closest Neighbor

Hobbit Math: Elementary Problem Solving 5th Grade---In grade 5, students are expected to master most aspects of fraction math and begin working with the rest of the Math Monsters: decimals, ratios, and percents (all of which are specialized fractions). Word problems grow ever more complex as well, and learning to explain (justify) multi-step solutions becomes a first step toward writing proofs.

Hobbit Math: Elementary Problem Solving 5th Grade

Math Game: What Number Am I? Math concepts: mental calculations, math vocabulary, and anything else you want to include. Number of players: any number...

Math Game: What Number Am I?

Symmetry Game: Guess my Grid. "Each player uses a grid to create a symmetrical pattern. An 8x8 grid works well. You can have students make their own..."

Symmetry Game: Guess my Grid | Minds in Bloom

Hit Me! (A Math Game) One player (the dealer) shuffles the math cards and deals one card face down for each player, beginning with the player on his left and proc...

Hit Me! (A Math Game)

Looking for simple ways to encourage math thinking with your learner? These 10 Questions are great for any age, any grade, and any skill level.

10 Questions To Encourage Math Thinking - Lemon Lime Adventures

Math for seven-year-olds: graph coloring, chromatic numbers, and Eulerian paths and circuits. Good for older kids, too!

How to play Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe: "You could argue that it builds mathematical skills (deductive reasoning, conditional thinking, the geometric concept of similarity), but who cares? It’s a good game in any case."

Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe

Love this! The teacher provides an answer and students come up with questions that fit. This is an awesome higher order thinking skills activity!

Fraction Brainstorming: Pick a fraction. What does it make you think of? What connections can you find?

Teaching Maths with Meaning: Maths Displays

Cimorene spent an afternoon cleaning and organizing the dragon’s treasure. One fourth of the items she sorted was jewelry. 60% of the remainder were potions, and the rest were magic swords. If there were 48 magic swords, how many pieces of treasure did she sort in all?

Solving Complex Story Problems