Fun Math Games for 5th Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Help your students learn while having fun with these math games for fifth graders. Learn how to integrate these games into your classroom and explore additional study opportunities for your class.

Multiplication Shakedown

Prepare for this game by writing numbers in the bottom of an egg carton, collecting buttons or another form of marker, and picking a number for your students to reach. Students will place two buttons in the egg carton and shake it. They will then need to multiply the two numbers where the buttons landed and give you the answer. Repeat the process until a student reaches the pre-determined number.

Students can watch the fun video lesson on the steps to performing multiplication before this game.

Mean, Median and Mode Draw

You'll need several decks of cards to play this game with your class. Divide your class into groups and have each group deal out their cards, seven for each person. Your students need to organize their cards sequentially. Then, depending on what you want to focus on reviewing, students will need to find the mean, median or mode of their cards. This is their score for that hand. The winner of each game is the student who reaches 21 points first.

Prior to playing this game, students can check out an engaging lesson on calculating mean, median and mode.

Algebraic Tic-Tac-Toe

Your students can play this game in pairs, or in larger groups if they take turns. You will need tic-tac-toe sheets with algebraic equations in the empty spaces. In order to fill in the space, students will need to solve the equation. You can reuse this game by laminating the tic-tac-toe sheets before you begin, and adjust the difficulty level by using harder equations for more advanced students.

To help ensure your students' preparedness for this game, you can introduce them to the Solving Algebraic Equations lesson.

Online Games

Interactive online games provide you with another resource for helping your students develop their skills in math. These games can be accessed in the classroom or at home. Check out sites like Math Play or Math Playground for games that meet the specific needs of your students.

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