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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.

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!

Ways to Compare Fractions using number sense

Solar Power!: Comparing Fractions

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

Decimal & Fraction Matching Game: The game is a center activity for students to complete in pairs. Each pair will need 2 game boards, 2 timers, pencils, and scrap paper. Each player will also need a set of 28 water bottle caps: 14 with fractions and 14 with the equivalent decimals already written on them...

Middle School Math Madness!: Made 4 Math Monday #2

The Game That Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets: Have you and your children been struggling to learn the math facts? The game of Math Card War is worth more than a thousand math drill works...

The Game That Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets

KenKen is a puzzle game that helps students improve their calculation skills, logical thinking and persistence. The goal is to fill a grid with numbers so that no number appears more than once in any row or column. In addition, the numbers must combine to form a target number using a specific operation.

Real Life Bad at Math Pictures! These are great to show your students to let them find the error.

Tell Me a (Math) Story: "As you are solving your child’s problem, think out loud. Model mathematical problem-solving by talking about how you figured it out — and if you got stumped, that’s even better! Model stuckness..."

Tell Me a (Math) Story

Negative Numbers for Young Students: Would you like to introduce your students to negative numbers before they study them in pre-algebra? With a whimsical number line, negative ...

Negative Numbers for Young Students

A motivation for fractions: If I lose my red trapezoids from this shape, how much of my wealth have I lost?

A motivation for fractions: is it fair? | math for love