# 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.

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.

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#### Coordinate Geometry Games: In this one 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. - Idea Section

#### 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 Coordinate Grid Game: four markers in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Adapt for positive and negative.

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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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#### Fun Math Game To make this more challenging for middle schoolers I was adjust the challenge so that students must create 1 expression using all the numbers, this way they need to consider Order of Operations

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### 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)

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#### Some good ideas on this blog could be a challenge for older kiddos

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

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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#### 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!

### 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.

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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### 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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#### Prime and Composite numbers- we're doing this activity tomorrow! Active engagement

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#### Prime and Composite numbers. Great anchor chart.

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

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

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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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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.

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Real Life Examples of Geometry Terms (Blog Post) Help students solidify new vocabulary by using geometry in their world.

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Learn how to engage your students in this battleship graphing lesson - free directions and a link to free graph paper

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Integers card game: The red cards are negative and the black are positive. Each player starts with 6 cards, drawing one at the beginning of their turn and discarding one at the end. The goal is to play pairs that equal 6 or -6. The person playing 3 pairs first wins. The other players add the absolute value of their cards to get a score. The goal is to have the lowest score at the end of the game.

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#### Adding/Subtracting Integers Game: The red cards are negative and the black are positive. Each player starts with 6 cards, drawing one at the beginning of their turn and discarding one at the end. The goal is to play pairs that equal 6 or -6. The person playing 3 pairs first wins. The other players add the absolute value of their cards to get a score. The goal is to have the lowest score at the end of the game.

### Filling the Frame with Learning: Week 35

Simple math challenge to make the kids really think and apply their math skills.

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#### Simple math challenge to make the kids really think and apply their math skills. Great for a math talk!

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Living Math with Positive and Negative Numbers: In our math lessons from livingmath.net, 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...

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#### Math Center Where 1 partner reads the equation and the other partner has to jump on the line to solve. Then switch. Living Math with Positive and Negative Numbers. Also for decimals or fractions.

#### love this huge number line for students to stand on as they practice addition and subtraction with negative numbers

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Fraction Game: My Closest Neighbor--- Math concepts: comparing fractions, equivalent fractions, benchmark numbers, strategic thinking.