Middle School Math Games
Get students moving with this fun order of operations game. Divide the class into two teams – boys versus girls, for example – and have them stand up when you call out a problem.
Players draw questions from a bag or container and answer them. The first team to earn a certain number of points wins!
Dice-based math games offer students the chance to practice and engage with important concepts in a low-stress environment. They are also a great way to introduce new topics in a way that is more interactive and engaging for tweens.
For example, the product number game allows students to work on multiplying while they roll two dice. They must decide whether to keep the number at face value or multiply it by 10. The first team to reach 101 wins.
Another great dice game for students is the place value game. Players take turns rolling two dice and finding the sum. They must then record the number on a place value chart. After each turn, players must find all of the other factor pairs for the number rolled.
Around the Block
Students can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with this fun game. It is played in teams and can get quite competitive.
This great game works for any grade level and requires no special materials other than a set of flash cards. The players are “students” who compete against other fictional students around the world to answer multiplication problems in a certain number of seconds.
Get students moving with this math game that helps them build their mental math muscles by using integers, decimals and fractions to mark on a beach ball. Use it for math enrichment, review or review day activities and even indoor recess. It is a great way to practice evaluating expressions, too.
Playing Simon Says is a fun way for students to learn about the human body and its parts. The game can also be used to practice vocabulary as students listen and follow a series of commands that include opening your orifice, moving your liver and wagging your phalanges (fingers and toes).
Group students into teams and give them each a meter stick. They then look around the room for items they think will add up to a certain number. If the number is prefaced by “Simon says,” they must stand up; if not, they stay seated.
Incorporate color instructions to make the game more challenging and help students learn about color recognition. Also try incorporating physical challenges to appeal to kinesthetic learners and help them develop better balance and movement skills.
If you’re looking for fun, engaging math games to keep students engaged and learning, consider some of these. Free to Discover offers a variety of interactive lessons and tasks that appeal to diverse learners. They use a problem-solving approach to help students master complex concepts, such as understanding percent.
Play a game called Back-to-Back to practice adding and multiplication. One student is selected to stand in front of the board and write a number. All other students can give the player clues, such as the product of two numbers, to help him or her guess correctly. The first person to guess the number wins.
Practice multiplication facts with a game that uses music and a balloon. Another active game that helps students understand fractions involves putting integer cards on a poster board and asking the class to dance around them, placing their left foot on the tens line and their right on the units line.
Graphing is an important skill for middle school students and one that can be taught through fun math games. Students can also learn about the interplay between different representations of relationships by working with graphing activities.
One popular way to get students interested in graphing is to show them a video of an everyday event such as a glass filling with water, a piece of salmon cooking in the oven or the speed of a bike moving down a hill and then have them sketch how they think the line will shape in a graph. The sketches are then discussed as a class.
The stories can be viewed and graphed online by students from all over the world and teachers have reported that not only do the students love this activity, but they also learn to read graphs better.