Fun Math Games for 3rd Grade

Instructor: Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly teaches college humanities and has a master's degree in humanities.

Who says learning can't be fun? When done right, playing games can be an effective learning tool. Use the following games to practice important math skills with your third graders.

Racing Through the Products

This game incorporates addition and multiplication in a fun and interactive game for 2 to 4 players.

You will need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • 2 pairs of dice of different colors

How to play:

  • Have each player write all possible products of 1-12 multiplication fact families on a piece of paper.
  • Have the students keep their product cards face up in front of them.
  • Player 1 will roll four dice and add the dice of the same color together; those numbers will become the factors, which the player will then multiply together.
  • Player 1 will call out his answer and, if all players agree, he or she gets to cross off the answer on their product card.
  • Play continues around the table until one player has crossed off all of their products.

This game can be preceded by Study.com's lessons on addition and multiplication.

Fraction-ary

This game, played like Pictionary, helps students visualize and recognize fractions. It is played with two teams, with at least two students per team.

You will need:

  • Whiteboard, chalkboard, or pad of paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Fraction flash cards

How to play:

  • Divide the group into two equal teams; flip a coin to see who goes first.
  • One child draws a flash card randomly and sketches a picture to represent that fraction.
  • His or her team tries to guess the fraction. If successful, that team gets a point.
  • Play alternates for a specified amount of time or until a certain point value is reached.

A good understanding of fractions can help your students grasp this concept.

Math-o

This is a Bingo-like game played with at least two players.

You will need:

  • Bingo cards with different dividend possibilities assigned to each square
  • Marker chips
  • Division flash cards (helpful, but not necessary)

How to play:

  • Call out the divisors and quotients of division problems.
  • When students have the missing dividend, they place a chip over it on their card.
  • Play continues until a student has five markers in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) and yells 'Math-o!'

Study.com's collection of short, fun lessons on division will strengthen your students' skill level when performing this operation.

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