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.

Playful Math for Upper Elementary & Middle School

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Life size coordinate plane using electric tape! The kids have had a ball with the life size coordinate graphing plane.

A Rocky Top Teacher: "High Five" for Friday

Invent a new sequence. Give it a name. I’d love to hear how you explain it!

Math with Many Right Answers

Ideas for math games to do in a large group

ThinkFun Big Games - Games Menu

Fractions made easy with popsicle sticks

Popsicle Stick Fractions

Love the variety in these free math games for third grade through fifth!

Math games for grade 3 and up - The Measured Mom

How can we divide it evenly, so we each get a fair share? How big is your piece?

Infinite Cake: Don Cohen's Infinite Series for Kids

Math game and logic puzzle from Henry Dudeney’s classic book, The Canterbury Puzzles.

Math Game: Thirty-One

Hands on coordinate planes. Fun. Students toss two dice, form a coordinate pair and place a marker on that intersection. Students alternate turns, each trying to be the first to get four markers in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally. | Coordinate Geometry

Can you make it? A simple math activity to challenge students and make them think! The kids love it and so will the teacher!

Fun Games 4 Learning: Math to Make Them Think!

Maths can be done outdoors and here is a simple task children can do that suits all skill levels. (Laughing Kids Learn)

Maths Outdoors - Laughing Kids Learn

April 2015 Math Calendar: Each date is a math puzzle.

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Paper transforming ninja star for math art project

Awesome Math Art: Transforming Ninja Star

First to 50. Free printable card game for kids to practice solving fractions of groups problems. Three levels of difficulty.

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Slip into your workout clothes and pump up those mental muscles with the Annual Mathematics Year Game Extravaganza!

2015 Mathematics Game

The Power of NOT Giving the Answer...ever asked the students a question and let them stew on it for DAYS? Come check out today's blog post to see how I worked to REALLY get my students thinking about fractions--not just TELLING them about fractions.

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Math Warm-Up: Today Is February 4×3×2×1. One of my favorite warm-up exercises for Math Club is “Today is ______.” Each student invents one or more mathematical expressions for today...

Math Warm-Up: Today Is February 4×3×2×1

Prime and Composite numbers- This is how I teach this concept, too. Using blocks or graph paper, the kids do numbers from 1-50, trying to find all the possible rectangles. Those that make only straight-line arrays are prime, all others are composite. And if you can make a square, that's a square number.

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Math Concepts: place value, strategic thinking. Players: two or more. Equipment: one deck of playing cards, or a double deck for more than three players...

Horseshoes: A Place Value Game

printable traffic jam game complete with printable puzzle books

Traffic Jam Game | Dr Mike's Math Games for Kids

Mrs. Patton's Patch: Spiral Multiplication... a Favorite Game of the Year

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Design a Park: area, percentages

Principal's Point of View: Design a Park

Free printables --- but after playing with these, have kids make their own. MAKING the puzzle is better practice than working someone else's puzzle!

Fun Games 4 Learning: Flip Math Cards Freebies

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