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

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

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Ideas for math games to do in a large group

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#### Ideas for math games to do in a large group - Definitely do some for Family Math Night - have kids learn beforehand

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Fractions made easy with popsicle sticks

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

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

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

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#### 31-Game Math Concepts: addition to thirty-one, thinking ahead. Players: best for two. Equipment: one deck of math cards. How to Play Lay out the ace to six of each suit in a row, face up and not overlapping, one suit above another. You will have one column of four aces, a column of four twos, and so on—six columns in all. The first player flips a card upside down and says its number value. Players alternate, each time turning down one card, mentally adding its value to the running total, and saying the new sum out loud. The player who exactly reaches thirty-one, or who forces the next player to go over that sum, wins the game.

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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.

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#### Classroom: Math. Play Gridlock to practice ordered pairs. 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. My kids loved this.

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#### Hands on coordinate planes. 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. Can do with ordered pairs.

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

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#### Can you make it? A simple math activity to challenge students and make them think. A possibility to use instead of or with starting out Number Talks.

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#### Can you make it? A simple math activity to challenge students and make them think. LOVE for math centers.

#### Can you make it? A simple math activity to challenge students and make them think! @jeanne226 -- may be good for your 2nd grade math kid this year!

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

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

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Paper transforming ninja star for math art project

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

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#### Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational: First to 50 (Fractions of Groups Game)

#### First to 50. Free printable card game for kids to practice solving fractions of groups problems. Three levels of difficulty. (Game printed out and put in Math games "fractions" file)

#### First to 50 (Fraction of a Number Card Game). Free printable card game for kids to practice making fractions of groups.

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

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

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### 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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#### The Power of NOT Giving the Answer! Great way to tie in math problem solving with students. From The Teacher Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating. #fractions

#### 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...

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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...

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printable traffic jam game complete with printable puzzle books

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#### The traffic jam game (also called the rush hour game) caught my imagination the moment my eyes set on it. It's such a great game for teaching logical thinking to kids

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

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#### Spiral Multiplication. Love this idea for a practice game! All you need is a deck of cards and dice. The blog post has directions to download. =)

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#### race for multiplication math games in masters classes, 2 teams, roll the die, say the fact with the answer. first team to complete the spiral wins!

Design a Park: area, percentages

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

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#### Another Great Math Center- Division and Multiples Clip, Flip, Check Cards. Children clip the answers with a clothespin Then they flip the card over to check their answers!

#### Terrific freebies - I am using this in centers! Division and Multiples Clip, Flip, Check Cards. Children clip the answers with a clothespin Then they flip the card over to check their answers! The kids love these flip cards!

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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...

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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...

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