Category: Classroom Math Games

Collection of Math Games

To view the collections of Math Games, hover over the Games Menu, and go to one of the dropdown categories.   Possibly Related Posts: Group Exploration in Math Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity Full version of Algeboats is out! Board Games that Change...

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Exponent Block and Factor Pair Block

A few weeks ago I built two new games for algebra in one week.  These games just use the game mechanic from “Antiderivative Block” (a Calculus game), but with algebra-oriented game cards.  The game mechanic is a classic “get 4-in-a-row” so it’s pretty easy to learn. Exponent Block (plus Gameboard) will help students contrast slightly different expressions involving exponent rules, especially negative and zero exponents. Factor Pair Block (plus Gameboard) will help prepare students for a unit on factoring.  There are two sets of playing cards (print each set on a different color of paper if you want to...

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An Algebra Game for Trinomials

A few weeks ago I built two new games for algebra in one week.  These games just use the game mechanic from “Antiderivative Block” (a Calculus game), but with algebra-oriented game cards.  The game mechanic is a classic “get 4-in-a-row” so it’s pretty easy to learn. Exponent Block (plus Gameboard) will help students contrast slightly different expressions involving exponent rules, especially negative and zero exponents. Factor Pair Block (plus Gameboard) will help prepare students for a unit on factoring.  There are two sets of playing cards (print each set on a different color of paper if you want to...

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Math Game: Antiderivative Block

Here’s a game I created last week called “Antiderivative Block” to encourage students to (1) learn their derivative rules well (2) begin thinking about derivatives backwards, and (3) to learn to be careful not to mix up derivatives and antiderivatives. Here’s the game board of a well-played game: The rules are very simple (they are described on the game pdf), but the game play is complex enough that you really have to be on your toes to play.  Here are a couple of students demonstrating how to play: I have to say that watching students play this game was the...

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Video: Playing to Learn Math

This presentation is a philosophical argument for what is wrong with the way we teach math and why we need to bring the fun back to learning it.  It serves as an argument for any subject (although it is particularly targeted towards math). Prezi presentation: Playing to Learn Math? Video from MichMATYC keynote (45 min) I haven’t had time to produce the picture-in-picture video, so if you want to watch the keynote, pull it up side-by-side with the Prezi and click through in the appropriate spots. Possibly Related Posts: AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity Full version of Algeboats is out! Board Games that Change Attitudes Level Up: Video Games for Learning Algebra Coming out of the Closet: I’m a Game...

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