# 9th Grade Math Games

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.

Math can be challenging, but it is also possible to make it fun. Try some of these 9th grade math games to help students practice and improve their geometry and algebra knowledge.

## 9th Grade Math Games

Math requires a lot of practice, and after a while that practice can become rather dull and repetitive. So, why not mix it up a bit by playing some games? Math lends itself very well to all kinds of games and activities that can help keep students engaged. In this lesson, we'll look at some of these games.

## The Great Geometry Hunt

Geometry is everywhere, but sometimes it's hard for students to see that. An interesting variation on the classic scavenger hunt is the great geometry hunt. This involves finding examples of all the shapes, angles, and terms in their environment that they've learned about in geometry. Can they find a right angle? An octagon? How about an acute angle? Or a set of parallel lines?

Give them a long list, and have them take photos of each thing that they find. You can even have students compete with each other more directly, by having them put stickers on the things that they find to 'claim' them and prevent other groups from using the same one.

## Pizza Penny Pinching

Let's say you want to buy a pizza for your students, but unfortunately there just aren't a lot of funds available. Turn a pizza order into an activity, by having students compare the prices of pizza places nearby. They can calculate the area of a pizza (including square pizzas), and find out how many dollars it costs per square inch.

## Math Baseball

Math baseball is a versatile game that can be used for any kind of question. Students are separated into teams, and just like in baseball, they come up to bat one at a time. Each student gets to answer four questions, getting progressively harder (the last one being especially difficult). The first question gets them to first base, the 2nd to 2nd, and so on. The student can decide whether to try the next question or stay at their current base. If they get the question wrong, then they're out.

For each batter, the other team puts forward a fielder, who tries to answer the question before the batter. If they do, then the batter is out before reaching the next base. If they answer at the same time, the batter wins. Just like in real baseball, if three players are out, you switch to the next team. And just like in baseball, if the bases are loaded, it's a chance to score 4 points at once.

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