Sometimes great ideas are born out of a moment of desperation. That’s how this target game came to be for me. We were doing some task cards on the doc cam and the students were completing them with their SmartPals. I noticed that they weren’t fully engaged with the problems and, for lack of a better phrase, they were phoning it in. I had this suction cup ball sitting on the chalk tray and then it hit me. Draw a target on the board and then have the students try to hit the target. And just like that, the target game was born. I’m going to share with you how this easy-to-play game can take any worksheet or task cards and turn them into a fun, engaging math review activity. [Read more…] about Math Review Game Strategy That Works: The Target Game
Do your students have a difficult time remember how to add and subtract integers? Isn’t it maddening? I could get on my soap box and go on and on about how we should teach integers, or how we should start with negative numbers in kindergarten, but this is not a soap box kind of post. Therefore, I’ll stick to making a list of amazing activities that will give your students a whole boatload of practice with adding and subtracting integers [Read more…] about 12 Engaging Ways to Practice Adding Integers
Reviewing is an essential part of learning. It’s how our brains remember and keep things from slipping away. Sometimes it can be very tempting to have students review by only answering test like questions and then going over them with the class. The downside of this is that it’s boring and not memorable. Also, it goes against best practices for teaching and learning. So, I would like to present an alternative way to review that is action packed, fun, and engaging. Of course I’m talking about games! There are so many ways to practice math concepts and skills using review games.
Quick question for you: Where does a ghost go on Saturday night?
Answer: Anywhere he can boo-gie!
Ah, it’s that time of year again! Piles of candy, fun costumes, spooky stories, and if you’re really lucky, cheesy Halloween jokes. With all this fun and excitement going on, it can be tough for students to stay focused on the math world of integers, slope, and graphs. But with just a few adjustments, we can help students stay on top of math while having fun. Use these Halloween math strategies and resources to enjoy the season while staying on track with the math. [Read more…] about Enjoying Halloween Math Activities in Middle School
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.