Games for Middle School Math

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Who doesn’t love a fun game? Why not use games to help your middle school students stay engaged while they are practicing math concepts?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Exponent Match – students will match exponent notation with expanded notation and then solve the problem. Includes positive and negative base numbers with positive exponents.

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Equivalent Expressions Card Game – Students will math and simplify expressions. Then write on the record sheet.

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Simplifying multi-step expressions scavenger hunt – Your students will have fun moving around the room to find expressions and then solving them on their record sheets!

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Simplifying Card Game – This penguin themed game is So much  FUN!  penguin

 

For more engaging Middle School Math Ideas check out my Middle School Math Pinterest Board:

Super Fun Math Games & Activities

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If you have been in my classroom or read my blog you know I love math games! Games are a wonderful way to keep students engaged while they are learning and practicing math concepts. Students who are engaged will understand and remember more or what they have learned!

Here are a few  seven of my favorite math games & fun activities!

1. Multiplication War – This is a great twist on the classic card game “War”. For directions, see my post here.

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2. Rounding Buzz – Students will love the cute bug theme! Practice rounding to the tens and hundreds. There are “Buzz” cards which add a fun element! The “Buzz” cards give directions to pass cards to a different player or put a few back in the stack. At the end of the game, the player with the most cards wins!

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3. Multiples Card Game – Players will race to order multiples. Watch out for the smile cards … they slow you down! The cards can also be used for a sorting center!

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4. Flash Card Favorites – Use your favorite games, such as Connect Four, or Candy Land, and put a set of Flash Cards or Task Cards with them to make a classic favorite a math game. Players solve a math problem before they get to take a turn.

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5. Fraction MatchingThis game is a great way for students to practice composing and decomposing fractions while having fun!

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6. Multiplication Spinner Games – Students can spin and win while practicing their facts!  There are spinners for each set of facts on their own, and a few with mixed facts.

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7. Word Problem Scavenger Hunt – Give your students a record sheet and let them search the room for problems to solve! Is fun for partner or group work, but could also be used as an individual activity for early finishers.

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For more great math games and activities look at my Pinterest Board!

Early Finishers

tips for early finishers.pngWhat in the world do you do with early finishers? This is a big question for teachers! I think it is important to teach your students to check their work when finished. Teaching students to improve their work when they think they are finished is a valuable lesson. But, after that, there are always going to be a handful of students who will finish their work sooner than the rest of the class. So, back to the question … What do you do? Sitting and waiting for the rest of the class to finish or doing busy work can be very boring and is not giving these students a chance to continue learning. Here are some of my favorite ideas for early finishers!

Set up a system for students so they can find out what to do without disrupting the class or asking you while you are helping other students. I love this display that can be set up at the front of the room.  The signs can be switched out depending on what you want the students to do each day.

 

 

Make sure your students know your expectations so they are not off task or disruptive. This poster is a great example and it is free! You could also make an anchor chart.

Have a place to organize the materials and supplies the students need for the activities to minimize questions such as “where do I get paper for _____ …. ?”

Extension menus are great for independent work. I like this reading menu, but you could make a menu for any subject. For example, if you are working on place value you could have a menu with place value activities for students to choose from.

Bulletin boards such as Boggle or Noggle can be fun! You can change the numbers or letters out every week or two. You could even put some students in charge of updating the board and making the answer key!

Stem Bins are a great hands on activity. Lots of fun while building reasoning skills.

Partner games and centers are a way to let your students interact with others while practicing skills.

Computer games and websites can be great learning tools. Make sure you set procedures up for how to get online and which sites students will go. Here are some of my favorites!

For more great ideas check out my early finishers board on Pinterest!

Awesome Math & Science Easter Activities

It is that time of year again! Time for jelly beans, eggs, bunnies and baskets! There are so many ways to use Easter excitement to keep your students engaged in classroom lessons.  Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

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One of my favorite activities this time of year is a Math Egg Hunt!  Buy a bunch of plastic eggs and stick problems inside the eggs. Hide the eggs around the room. Give your students a record sheet or a piece of notebook paper and let them hunt and solve math problems.  Print your own problems or get mine FREE here.

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Jolly Classroom Activities for December

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December is a month full of celebrations! Students are focused on the upcoming Holidays and Traditions they celebrate in their communities and with their families! How does a teacher compete with that kind of excitement? Well, by joining in! Fill your classroom with Educational Holiday Activities to keep your students learning all month long!

For MATH you could graph responses to fun questions, play skill related card games or go on scavenger hunts.

For SCIENCE there are many different experiments and STEM activities you could incorporate into class time:

For LANGUAGE ARTS and SOCIAL STUDIES you can read and write about different winter holidays, compare and contrast elements from holidays and ad in some kindness lessons.

There are SO MANY fun educational activities! Check out my Pinterest Holiday Board for more ideas!

 

Spring Fever

I am so excited to be part of the Springing into Learning Blog Hop  with Kim from Elementary Antics  and many other teacher bloggers! I can’t wait to see all of the great ideas everyone has to share! After reading my blog post, be sure to click the link at the end to hop on to the rest of the great blogs!

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The winter holidays are over, the weather is warming up and the children have … Spring Fever!  Well, as a veteran classroom teacher, I can sympathize with you … this is NOT the time for the kids to get silly and stop working! This is the time to pull out all your “tricks” and get them back on track!

I have a few tricks for keeping students engaged and counteract “Spring Fever”:

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