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Fun Math Games for Middle School

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Read this article to learn about some games you can use to help middle schoolers learn about math. You'll also find some additional resources for teaching that you can apply in your classroom.

Equivalency Squares

For this game you'll need a 10 x 10 grid for each student, as well as markers or colored pencils. Students can color in their squares in any pattern they want, using four to six colors. After they have filled in all the squares, they will need to record how many squares they have of each color, as well as the percent, decimal and fraction this represents of the whole.

Students can review the lessons on changing between percents and fractions and converting between fractions and decimals before this activity.

Mean, Median and Mode Hold 'Em

This card game can be played in groups. You will need several decks of playing cards, depending on your class size. Your students will be dealt seven cards to arrange in sequential order, then, depending on the concept you are focusing on, they will find the mean, median or mode of their cards and record this number before dealing again. The first student to reach 21 points wins the game.

An engaging video lesson can refresh your students' memory of how mean, median and mode are calculated.

Integer Face-Off

This game can be played in groups or pairs. You will need decks of cards with positive and negative integers up to 20 on them for each student. These decks can be created before class, or can be made quickly by your students. After the students shuffle their cards, they will flip over the top two and add them. The student with the highest answer gets to keep all of the cards in the round. You can play until all of the cards are used. The student who has the most cards wins.

This game can be accompanied by the short, fun Adding Positive & Negative Integers video lesson.

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