# 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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The diameters of US quarters and pennies are very close to the ratio needed to make a truncated icosahedron, i.e., a soccer ball in the US or a football elsewhere...Can you work out what it cost?

Important factors about Factoring: "First of all, it should be a tree that goes up and actually looks like a tree. As the prime factors are so important, they should stand out. And - the trees should be beautiful ..."

Celebrate Math Storytelling Day by making up and sharing math stories. Everyone loves a story, so this is a great way to motivate your child...

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...

Favorite math puzzles for kids: "In February 2014, I asked my subscribers for their favorite math puzzle. This collection is the result—a list of puzzles chosen by teachers and parents!"

### Favorite math puzzles for kids

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!..."

### Crafting a Green World | The home for green crafts and tutorials!

Contig Game: Master Your Math Facts. Yahtzee and other board games provide a modicum of math fact practice. But for intensive, thought-provoking math drill, I can’t think of any...

### Contig Game: Master Your Math Facts

"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.