Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Help your students learn their seventh grade math skills and concepts with a few of these classroom games, including geometry, fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Not everyone finds math super fun, but games are fun for everyone. Help your students get to grips with their math concepts and skills, and let them have fun at the same time, by trying one of these ideas for seventh grade math games.

## Shaping Up

For this game, students practice their understanding of geometry shapes by creating them with their bodies. Put your students into groups of at least four. One by one, shout different geometry shapes and terms, and each group's goal is to represent that shape or term. For example, if you say 'square,' the students might lie on the ground in the shape of a square.

Here are a few examples of shapes and terms you could use:

• Square
• Triangle
• Pentagon
• Hexagon
• Heptagon
• Octagon
• Acute angle
• Obtuse angle
• Chord

## Four Corners

To play this game, you need to clearly label the four corners of the room A, B, C, and D. Then write out an equivalent fractions problem on the main whiteboard, but instead of numbers, include only the letters A, B, C, and D. It should read 'A/B = C/D'. Then, all you have to do is fill in two of the numbers on the board, for example, making it read: 4/8 = C/D. The goal is for students to organize themselves in appropriate numbers in each corner of the room, to create an equivalent fraction.

Corners A and B are easy - four students go to corner A, and eight students go to corner B. But your class has several options to choose from to decide how many students need to be in corners C and D. They could have two students at C and 4 students at D, or eight students at C and 16 students at D (depending on how big the class is). Any 'unused' students stay in the middle of the classroom. You continue the game in this way, writing new equivalent fractions problems on the whiteboard, allowing students to practice both fractions and their teamwork at the same time.

## Match Up

Your students may have learned about fractions, decimals, and percentages, but they need to be able to put them together. Converting between the three isn't always easy at first. One way to help them practice is by having them play a match-up game.

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