# 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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Review: This new book is truly a gem. If you like The Cat in Numberland or The Man Who Counted, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Math & Magic in Wonderland.

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FREE Paper Polyhedron Pattern~ Students use the pattern to trace and cut out colored pieces of card stock to make this clever craft. Check out the post for helpful tips.

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A delightful little HTML5 puzzle game that takes a few seconds to take off and a few hours to beat. Playable right in the browser, including mobile,

Learning to identify prime numbers can be tricky. But this fun card game can make memorizing some basic prime numbers a breeze.

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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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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?

### Infinite Cake: Don Cohen's Infinite Series for Kids

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

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

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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

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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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