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.
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
original McDonald's menu...Oh my goodness! Copy this menu, find the percent increase in price, compare to cost of living increase and more!
Early McDonald's menus
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
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.
Lego Fractions: Now ask them something like, “What if I had 8 blocks? How would I show ¾ of 8?”
Lego Fractions: Hands-On Learning
Keeping them Moving while Learning Geometry: "First, we were all points on a grid, with each child standing on one of the intersecting lines formed by the grout between the floor tiles. While we stood on our points, we practiced rotating clockwise and anticlockwise (counterclockwise), doing 90 degree turns and 45 degree turns..."
Raki's Rad Resources: Keeping them Moving while Learning Geometry
Cool Math Games: DIY Multiplication Touch -- "I like these fact-based games that combine luck and strategy because they’re actually fun for kids and adults to play, and that element of chance means that, even though I have a strict policy of never letting my kids win on purpose, they still have a good chance of winning!..."
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"Fraction of" problems: "...a method we've used for helping kids develop some conceptual understanding for what happens when they find a fractional part of a set..." Understanding "fraction of" problems lays the foundation for understanding ratios and percents.