As a math teacher, you strive to make your classroom engaging for students. I began trying to make my classroom more engaging for students by taking ordinary worksheets and turning them into a cool math games! Here are some of the cool math games we play in my classroom.
- Revenge of the Nerds
- Task Cards
- Speed Mathing
- Quizzlet Live
These cool math games are fun and engaging for students. When I use these games, I see increased participation and students who are enjoying math.
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Revenge of the Nerds
This is a review game that I play with my students. I split my students into 6-7 teams (approximately 4 students per team). I draw 10 colorful nerds (using Expo Markers) under each team name on the board. I randomly call out a number from their review sheet. Each student in the group must work the problem on their desk with an Expo Marker. If one of the students does not get the same answer, they have to work together to make sure each person has the same answer. All teams that get the correct answer are allowed to erase 1-2 nerds (teacher’s choice) from another team or two separate teams.
This is a fun twist on Speed Dating. You give each student a problem to solve. They are the experts of that problem. Once everyone knows how to work their problem, you rotate either the inside group or outside group to another partner. The students will switch cards. If they do not know how to work the problem, they ask their expert.
Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet Live, Desmos, and Nearpod are all websites that offer a variety of ways for you to insert your worksheet and use your questions, or search by topic/standard and find ready made practice and review problems. The sites are user friendly and easy to use. These work nicely in one-to-one classroom settings, but can also be used with a classroom set of devices, cell phones, or in group settings with one device per group.
All of these cool math games are engaging for students. The students enjoy coming to my math class because it is not a boring lecture and worksheet. Practice is fun and exciting, yet challenging and beneficial.
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