It’s funny how the very same students whose eyes glaze over when you put a worksheet in front of them, perk up when you present the same kind of work in a novel way. Take math maze games as an example. These mazes require that students solve a certain number of problems, but because they are also trying to get to the finish line at the same time, students are so much more engaged when practicing.
One of the most rewarding things about sharing resources on Teachers Pay Teachers is that through feedback, you can actually hear how real life teachers use these downloads in their classroom. It’s amazing to hear about their experiences using games, puzzles, and activities that I’ve used with my own students. So, when thinking about all the different ways to use math maze games in the classroom, I turned to the comments from other teachers and their great ideas and insights on using mazes with students.
8 Ways to Use Math Maze Games
Have students complete a maze as a warm up or bell ringer. Mazes are designed for students to work on independently. They also have an element of self-checking as problems lead to other problems.
Math maze games are great for practice. Students will complete a series of problems, but instead of simply completing them on a standard worksheet, they have the added element of trying to reach the finish line. This little twist can be incredibly motivating for students:
This is an idea I love. I hadn’t considered it before, but one teacher explained a great twist on the maze game for partners to play. This idea is so fun that I actually designed a maze battle game for end of the year review of the Pythagorean Theorem.
Centers & Stations
Mazes are the ultimate print and go resource. That makes them perfect for an easy to set up math center or station. Several teachers have shared that they use mazes for independent practice activities in learning centers and math stations.
Because math maze games are practice with an element of self-assessment, they can make great homework assignments. That’s just how Connie S. used them with her students:
Mazes offer a great visual check for teachers on which students are “getting it” and which are needing more help. I tell students that if they find themselves at the finish after just a few problems, then they know that they did something wrong. They should expect to complete around 12 problems for each maze. Here’s what other teachers have to say about the assessment capabilities of these mazes:
Because mazes are no-prep, having an extra set on hand comes in handy during those awkward bits of time when students need something productive to do, but you don’t have time for a full blown lesson. Math maze games are a great sponge activity- I have a stack ready and waiting for that day with a fire alarm, assembly, lock down drill, etc.
Using a maze for a previously learned topic can also provide students an engaging way to review. With around 12 problems per maze, it’s the perfect amount of practice for students to get refreshed on concepts they studies a while ago.
It is always fun to find an excuse in class to use a math maze game. As Norma L. commented on the Combining Like Terms Maze Games, mazes are…
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