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Fun Math Games for 6th Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out how you can include mathematics games in your 6th grade classroom. You can learn about what you need to play these games as well as educational resources that relate to these activities.

Tic-Tac-Toe Equations

This game allows your students to competitively practice solving algebraic equations. You can prepare by setting up tic-tac-toe boards before class, with an equation in each open space. In order to place an X or an O, students must solve the equation in that space.

Students can sharpen the skills needed for this game with the Solving Algebraic Equations lesson.

Equivalent Bingo

Use this game to help your students understand the fraction, decimal and percent equivalents of different numbers. Set up bingo sheets before class with 24 spaces filled with fraction, decimal and percent forms of several numbers (for example, 0.10, 10% and 1/10) and a free space in the middle. You can laminate these cards for future use. You will then call out a number and students can choose one option of any equivalent number. The game ends when a student fills in a line on their card.

Before you start this game, students can watch fun video lessons on converting between fractions and percents and changing decimals to fractions.

Spin the Problem

This game can be played in groups and requires some form of spinning wheel lined with different mathematics problems. You can individualize the problems based on what you're teaching at the time. Students spin and must answer the problem they get, or give up their turn to another student. A correct answer is worth two points, and the game ends when one student reaches a pre-determined score.

It's more than likely that the problems ending up on the wheel are addressed in the 6th-8th Grade Math course.

Mobile-Friendly Games

You can also direct your students towards a number of online mathematics games that can help them have fun while they learn. These games can be accessed in the classroom or at home. Sites like Math Play or Math Playground offer you options to share with your class.

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