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20 Fun Math Activities for Your Classroom [+ Downloadable List]

A classroom of young students writing.

Did you know?

Students who used Prodigy Math Game saw a significant, positive shift in their opinion towards math in just a few months.

When students think “fun,” memories of math class likely won’t be the first to pop into their heads. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

There are approaches and exercises, with and without computers, that can  enliven your math lessons .

You’ll likely find that the reward justifies the work of preparing and introducing them. After all, according many studies from  as early as the 1960s , engaged students pay more attention and perform higher than disengaged ones.

Complete with a downloadable list to keep at your desk for quick reference,  below are 20 fun math activities for students.  Make math class more engaging by using the ones that best apply to you.

1. Play Prodigy Math Game

A group of students in class, each one with a tablet in front of them.

Try Prodigy — the curriculum-aligned math platform used by millions of students and teachers worldwide — to  engage your class while  reinforcing lesson content  and teaching essential skills.

It borrows elements from students’ favorite video games as they compete in math duels against in-game characters. To win, they must answer sets of questions. You can customize these questions to supplement class material,  deliver assessments ,  prepare for tests  and more.

If you choose to not customize content, Prodigy uses  adaptive learning  and  differentiated instruction  principles to adjust problems. This algorithmic approach helps you offer your students math lessons tailored to their individual needs and targets.

2. Read a Math Book

Teacher sits with two children as they read a book together.

Show your students that  reading engaging stories isn’t exclusive to language arts class.

There are many age-appropriate  math books  that effectively explain skills and techniques while providing exercises to help students understand content.

For example, the  Life of Fred  series introduces and teaches essential math skills aligned with most elementary school curricula.

The four books, each containing 19 lessons, present content through stories about cats, ice cream and other child-friendly subjects. With full answer keys, the series lends itself to practicing, reviewing or learning entire skills.

You can find age- and topic-specific math books through a few Amazon searches or a brief bookstore visit.

3. Create Mnemonic Devices

Dedicate time for students to create mnemonic devices — cues such as rhymes and acronyms — to  help  recall math facts .

A popular example is “I need to be 16 years-old to drive a 4×4 pickup truck.” Such cues should be rhymes or quick stories that distill larger chunks of information, always using tangible objects or scenarios to make them memorable.

Although you can think of mnemonic devices yourself and share them with students, it’s beneficial to run an activity that gets them to make their own. They’ll likely find it easier to remember ones they create.

4. Deliver a Daily Starter

A classroom of young students writing.

Drop by Scholastic’s  Daily Starters page  each morning to  find entry tickets suited to solo and group work.

Content levels range from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, including problems from subjects other than math. Many teachers either print the questions or project them onto a whiteboard.

Aside from entry tickets, there are different ways to use Daily Starters — such as including them in learning stations or wrapping up a lesson with them.

5. Visit the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Have students visit the online  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives  to  access activities that involve digital objects such as coins and blocks.

Created by Utah State University, the online library aims to engage students. To do so, there are manipulation tasks for students at every grade level.

For example, a 6th grade geometry activity involves using geo-boards to illustrate area, perimeter and rational number concepts. Ideal for classes with one-to-one device use, the website can also act as a learning station.

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6. Run a Round of Initials

Add a  game-like spin to content reviews  by playing Initials.

Hand a unique sheet to each student that has problems aligned with a common skill or topic. Instead of focusing on their own sheets, students walk around the room to solve questions on their classmates’.

Here’s the catch: A student can only complete one question per sheet, signing his or her initials beside the answer. The exercise continues until all questions on each sheet have answers,  encouraging students to build trust and teamwork .

7. Play Math Baseball

A classroom of young students with their hands raised to answer.

Divide your class into two teams to play math baseball —  an activity that gives you full control of the questions students answer.

One team will start “at bat,” scoring runs by choosing questions worth one, two or three bases. You’ll “pitch” the questions, which range in difficulty depending on how many bases they’re worth. If the at-bat team answers incorrectly, the defending team can correctly respond to earn an out. After three outs, switch sides.

Play until one team hits 10 runs, or five for a shorter entry or exit ticket.

8. Start a Game of Around the Block

Play Around the Block as a minds-on activity, using only a ball to  practice almost any math skill.

First, compile questions related to a distinct skill. Second, have students stand in a circle. Finally, give one student the ball and read aloud a question from your list.

Students must pass the ball clockwise around the circle, and the one who started with it must answer the question before receiving again.

If the student incorrectly answers, pass the ball to a classmate for the next question. If the student correctly answers, he or she chooses the next contestant.

9. Play Math Tic-Tac-Toe

A child's hand holding a pencil and writing on a notebook.

Pair students to  compete against one another while building different math skills  in this take on tic-tac-toe.

To prepare, divide a sheet into squares — three vertical by three horizontal. Fill these squares with questions that collectively test a range of abilities. The first student to link three Xs or Os — by correctly answering questions — wins.

This game can be a  learning station , refreshing prerequisite skills in preparation for new content.

10. Modify a Classic Card Game

Put a mathematical twist on a traditional card game  by having students play this version of  War .

Students should pair together, with each pair grabbing two decks of cards. Cards have the following values:

The rules of the game will depend on the grade you teach and the skills you’re building. Each student will always play two cards at a time, but younger kids must subtract the lower number from the higher.

Older students can multiply the numbers, designating a certain suit as having negative integers. Whoever has the highest hand wins all four cards.

11. Share TeacherTube Videos

A projector in front of rows of classroom chairs.

Cover core skills by visiting  TeacherTube  — an education-only version of YouTube.

By searching for a specific topic or browsing by category, you can quickly find videos to supplement a lesson or act as a learning station.

For example, searching for “middle school algebra” will load a results page containing study guides, specific lessons and exam reviews.

Students and parents can also visit TeacherTube on their own time, as some videos explicitly apply to them.

12. Co-ordinate Live Video

Don’t limit yourself to pre-recorded videos — straightforward conferencing technology can allow  subject matter experts to deliver live lessons to your class.

Whether it’s a contact from another school or a seasoned lecturer you reach out to, bringing an expert into your classroom will expose your students to new ideas and can lighten your workload.

Add the person on Skype or Google Hangouts, delivering the lesson through the program. Skype even has a list of guest speakers who will voluntarily speak about their topics of expertise.

13. Research the Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunset.

Delve into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Italy’s famous landmarks, by running this  popular  interdisciplinary activity .

Although the exercise traditionally spans across subjects through guided research, you can focus on math by requiring students to:

For younger students, you can divide the activity into distinct exercises and allow them to work in groups. Older students should tackle it as an in-class or take-home project.

14. Party on Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day on March 14 each year by  dedicating an entire period, or more, to the mathematical constant.

Although specific activities depend on your students, you can start the lesson by giving a historical and conceptual overview of pi — from Archimedes to how modern mathematicians use it. After, delve into exercises.

For younger students, get construction paper and choose a colour to represent each digit. Red can be one, blue is two, green can represent three and so on. Their task is to arrange and order the paper to represent as much of pi’s value as possible.

For older students, run learning stations that allow them to complete questions, process content and play  math games  related to pi. For a fun finish, serve students pizza or another kind of pie.

15. Hold a Scavenger Hunt

Four children each working in front of a computer in class.

Send your students on an Internet scavenger hunt, a potential addition to Pi Day fun, allowing them to  build research skills while processing new math concepts.

The exercise starts by providing a sheet of terms to define or questions to solve, which students can complete by using Google or a list of recommended websites. Regardless, the terms and questions should all fall under an overarching topic.

For example, “Find the definition of a negative integer” and “If you multiply a positive integer with a negative integer, will the product be positive or negative? What about multiplying two negative integers together?”

More than engaging, educational hunts introduce your students to resources they can regularly refer to.

16. Play One-Metre Dash

Start this quick game to  build students’ perception and understanding of measurement.

Grouping students in small teams, give them metre sticks. They then look around the room for two to four items they think add up to a metre in length. In a few minutes, the groups measure the items and record how close their estimates were.

Want more of a challenge? Give them a centimetre-mark to hit instead of a metre. You can then ask them to convert results to micrometres, millimetres and more.

17. Put a Twist on Gym Class

A soccer ball on a field, with a coach talking to children in the background.

Fuse math and physical education by  delivering ongoing lessons that explain and explore certain motions.

It’s time to practice long jumps. But first, students can estimate how far they’ll jump. After, they can see how close they were.

Such activities can also supplement lessons about lifting, throwing and other actions — potentially interesting students who don’t normally enjoy gym or math.

18. Run Think-Pair-Share Exercises

Launch a think-pair-share exercise to  expose students to three lesson-processing experiences in quick succession.

As the strategy’s name implies, start by asking students to individually  think  about a given topic or answer a specific question. Next,  pair  students together to discuss their results and findings. Finally, have each pair  share  their ideas with the rest of the class, and open the floor for further discussion.

The three parts of this exercise vary in length, giving you flexibility when lesson planning.

And because it allows your students to process content individually, in a small group and in a large group, it caters to your classroom’s range of learning and personality types

19. Hold a Game of Jeopardy

A teacher selecting a student to answer a question in class.

Transform this famous game show to focus on your latest skill or unit,  preparing students for a quiz or test.

Setup involves attaching pockets to a bristol board, dividing them into columns and rows. Each column should focus on a topic, whereas each row should have a point value — 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1,000.

A team can ask for a question from any pocket, but other teams can answer first by solving the problem and raising their hands.

Once the class answers all questions, the team with the highest point total claims your prize. But each student wins in terms of engagement and practicing  peer support .

20. Take on a Challenge from Get The Math

Teach your students about  how math is used in different careers and real-world situations  by visiting  Get the Math .

The website, aimed at middle and high school students, features videos of young professionals who explain how they use algebra. They then pose job-related questions to two teams of students in the video.

Your class can also participate, learning how to apply algebraic concepts in different scenarios. It’s a straightforward way to vary and contextualize your lesson content.

Downloadable List of the 20 Fun Math Activities

Click here to download the list of exercises, keeping it at your desk for quick reference.

Final Thoughts

Each of these exercises can inject engagement into your lessons, helping students process content and demonstrate understanding.

What’s more,  they’re versatile.  You can use many of the above activities to introduce concepts or reinforce lessons, and as minds-on exercises or exit tickets. Useful for you, fun for students.

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35 Active Math Games and Activities for Kids Who Love To Move

For all those kids who think math is boring…

Jill Staake

Tired of hearing groans when you announce it’s time for math? These active math games and activities will spice up your learning game. They get kids up and moving, using their whole bodies to learn facts and skills. Lots of these ideas can be adapted to suit a variety of math concepts, so choose a few to try out with your own math students.

1. Throw snowballs inside or out

Four plastic buckets with math flashcards clothespinned to them, with large white pom poms in each (Active Math Games)

Clip flash cards to plastic tubs, then challenge kids to throw the correct number of large white pom-poms (“snowballs”) in from a distance. If there’s snow on the ground, bundle up and take this one outside to use real snowballs!

Learn more: Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls

2. Stack sticks to practice tally marks

Number cards on the sidewalk with piles of small sticks representing tally marks

Small sticks are perfect for practicing tally marks. Kids will have fun checking the ground under trees for twigs, then breaking them into pieces and creating tally piles.

Learn more: @amysam623

3. Fish for numbers

Child using a wood fishing pole to catch foam numbered fish in a kiddie pool

It’s so easy to make your own magnet fishing pole. Float some numbered foam fish with paper clips attached, then try to catch the numbers in the right order! (Don’t want to get wet? Just lay the fish on the ground instead.)

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Fishing Math

4. Draw and measure shapes on the sidewalk

Students using a measuring tape to measure shapes drawn on the ground with sidewalk chalk

First, give kids some sidewalk chalk and let them draw a variety of shapes, as big or small as they like. Then, arm them with measuring tapes and have them practice taking measurements.

Learn more: @playexploregrow

5. Stomp and smash on a number line

Student stomping on paper bags labeled with numbers (Active Math Games)

Grab some paper bags and number them, then shake them out and lay them in a number line. Now, call out an addition or subtraction problem, like 3 + 2. Have a student stomp on the bag labeled three, then on the next two to arrive at an answer of five. (Feeling brave? Try this one with balloons!)

Learn more: Schooltime Snippets

6. Grow fact-family flowers

Flowers made of rocks and leaves with math facts written on the leaves and answers on the stones (Active Math Games)

Pick up colorful fall leaves and write math facts on them. Gather them around a numbered rock to make pretty flowers.

Learn more: @discoverwildlearning

7. Toss beanbags to learn place value

Plastic bins labeled thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones sitting on the grass with beanbags (Active Math Games)

Label bins with place values like ones, tens, and hundreds. Kids toss beanbags into the bins, then count them and see what number they’ve created.

Learn more: Saddle Up for Second Grade/Place Value Toss

8. Form paper-plate number bonds

Students and teacher holding up numbered paper plates to form a number bond

Pass out numbered paper plates, then have students mix and mingle to see how many number bonds they can form.

Learn more: The Schroeder Page

9. Create a life-size number line

Young student running along a number line drawn on the sidewalk

Number lines are wonderful for all sorts of math games and activities. Make one big enough for kids to stand and jump around on using sidewalk chalk (or painter’s tape indoors). You’ll use it over and over again.

Learn more: Childhood Beckons

10. Hit the target and graph

Red yellow and blue target with Target Toss worksheet (Active Math Games)

You can teach graphing in lots of ways, so why not make it active? Students throw balls onto a target, graphing and analyzing their throws as they go.

Learn more: Amy Lemons

11. Head out on a plot graph scavenger hunt

Student holding a piece of graph paper with a map drawn on it

Create a map of your school, playground, or other area using graph paper (or even better, have kids help you do it). Then choose plot points for them to visit to find notes or small prizes. They’ll feel like real treasure hunters!

Learn more: Edventures With Kids

12. Roll the dice to count and move

Pair of dice with a wooden die with sides labeled jump, spin, and other activities (Active Math Games)

Get practice with low-number counting and addition using action dice. Write activities like “jump,” “clap,” or “stomp” on a small wooden block, then roll it along with a pair of dice. Kids add them up (or subtract if you prefer) and complete the activity the number of times shown.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy/Math Dice

13. Whack a ball to subtract

Student's hand holding a wood mallet and card saying 8 minus 3 over a box with ping pong balls resting in holes

You know your elementary math students are going to love this! Build your own whack-a-mole 10-frame with a shoebox and Ping-Pong balls. Then, have kids whack the balls to practice their subtraction facts. So fun!

Learn more: Planning Playtime

14. Make a splash with water balloons

Young student splashing a water balloon onto the number ten drawn on the sidewalk (Active Math Games)

You’re going to need to be willing to get a little wet for this one, but kids simply adore math games (or any games!) with water balloons. Fill and label balloons numbered 1 through 20 (or whatever numbers you’re working on). Draw the numbers in a big circle on the playground. Then, have a student choose a balloon, find the matching number, and head off to make a splash!

Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands

15. Tell time on a giant clock

Students standing on a large clock drawn on the sidewalk; text reads Sidewalk Chalk Clock Games

Draw a giant clock face with hours and minutes on the playground with sidewalk chalk. Choose two students to be the hour and minute hands, then call out a time and send them out to become the clock. Add more complicated elements by having them add to or subtract from the initial time too. (“Now it’s 23 minutes later!”)

Learn more: Creative Family Fun/Sidewalk Chalk Clock

16. Measure your frog jumps

Two children measuring tape lines on the floor

Have your students hop like frogs, leap like gazelles, or jump like kangaroos. Then, pull out the ruler or measuring tape so they can measure the distances they’ve covered.

Learn more: Coffee Cups and Crayons

17. Jump to math facts practice

Student jumping on a large number grid made of masking tape on the floor (Active Math Games)

Lay out a grid like the one shown that has the answers to whatever set of math flash cards you’re currently working with. (This teacher used masking tape; you could also do sidewalk chalk on the playground.) Two players face off, one on each side of the board. Show the flash card, and kids race to be the first to jump to the correct square with both feet inside the lines. Get all the rules at the link below.

Learn more: Teaching and Tapas

18. Run a flash-card race

Children walk along a line of flashcards on the floor

Tape a series of flash cards to the floor and challenge kids to see who can correctly make their way from start to finish the fastest. They can call out the answers or write them down, but they have to get it right before they move on. Kids can race side by side or work independently to beat their own best time.

Learn more: There’s Just One Mommy

19. Catch a math beach ball

Student holding a beach ball marked with numbers (Active Math Games)

Beach balls are so much fun in the classroom. Scribble numbers all over one with a Sharpie, then toss it to a student. Wherever their thumbs land, they add (or subtract or multiply) those two numbers together before tossing the ball to the next student.

Learn more: Saddle Up for Second Grade/Beach Ball Math

20. Do a number dance

Large mats with the numbers 0 to 9 laid out on the floor

Kids who love “Dance Dance Revolution” will get into this one. Make a number mat for each student like the ones shown. Flash an equation with an answer between 10 and 99 on the screen. Kids figure out the answer and jump to put their left foot on the correct tens place, right foot on the ones. They’ll be dancing and spinning as they learn!

Learn more: Number Loving

21. Groove with angles

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Teach kids about transversals and the angles they create with some fun dance moves! Get the details for “Dance Dance Transversal” at the link below.

Learn more: Communicating Mathematically

22. Add and subtract by stacking cups

Plastic cups with math problems and numbers, stacked into a pyramid (Active Math Games)

We’re not sure why, but kids simply  love stacking cups. Label yours with math problems and answers, then have kids build pyramids and towers galore!

Learn more: The Kindergarten Smorgasboard

23. Measure the height of a tree (no ladder needed)

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Kids will be amazed to learn they can measure the tallest tree while keeping their feet on the ground. The link below walks you through the steps with a free printable.

Learn more: From ABCs to ACTs

24. Count and learn on a nature walk

Field of flowers with text You already have 3 flowers. Count the rest of the pink flowers to find out how many you have altogether.

Take an outdoor stroll and practice basic math along the way. This works indoors too—walk the school hallways (quietly) and count doors, windows, posters, and more.

Learn more: Creative Family Fun/Math Walk

25. Hunt for shapes in the world around you

Clipboards with Shape Hunt worksheets showing colorful pictures of circles, triangles, and more (Active Math Games)

Looking for super-simple and fun active math games? Give students a sheet with shapes to find as you walk around the school or playground. Each time they find the shape, have them trace it on their worksheet and then make a mark to keep track of how many times they’ve seen it.

Learn more: Hands-On Teaching Ideas

26. Steal the balls with addition robbery

Collage of pictures showing colorful balls and a boy running with the text Addition Robbery: An Active Group Math Game

Kids compete to see whose basket of balls will add up to the highest amount. The trick? They don’t know at the beginning which balls are worth the most. Learn how to play at the link below.

Learn more: That After School Life

27. Puddle-jump from number to number

Student jumping around on construction paper puddles labeled with numbers (Active Math Games)

Lay out a series of construction paper puddles labeled with numbers. You can call out numbers and have kids jump to the correct one, or have them jump from one to the next in order forward or backward, or even try some skip counting.

Learn more: NurtureStore

28. Paint and hide number rocks

Colorful rocks painted with 19, plus sign, 34, and equals sign

Painted rocks are always a big hit! Have your class help you make these, then hide them around the playground and send kids off to find and answer equations.

Learn more: The OT Toolbox

29. Skip-count along a hopscotch board

Student playing hopscotch on the sidewalk

A hopscotch board can be used for a lot of fun and active math games. Try it for skip counting: Kids hop along counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, or whatever you’re currently working on. Learn more at the link below.

Learn more: Math Geek Mama/Skip-Counting Hopscotch

30. Aim and throw to practice math skills

Two hand-drawn dartboards with darts on the 70 ring and 40 ring (Active Math Games)

Pick up a set of Sticky Darts and draw two dartboards side by side. You can label the rings with any numbers you like. Kids throw the darts and then add, subtract, multiply, or divide the numbers—your choice!

Learn more: Inspiration Labs

31. Design an outdoor board game

Curved path drawn on the sidewalk with math problems and a pair of dice

Draw a winding path and fill the spaces with math equations. Kids roll the dice and move from space to space (have them jump, skip, or twirl to mix things up). If they get the answer right, they move to the new space. If not, their turn is over. Customizable math games like this can be used at any level.

Learn more: Look! We’re Learning!

32. Turn UNO into an active math game

Active Math Games Uno

Grab your UNO deck and get ready to move! Assign each color a movement (hop, touch toes, etc.). As kids draw the cards, everyone completes the movement the correct number of times. Skip and Reverse work as usual, but anyone who gets Draw Two has to draw two more cards and complete the actions on their own while others cheer them on. See more at the link below.

Learn more: Still Playing School

33. Bowl them over while learning math facts

Plastic bottles with numbers set up like bowling pins with a beach ball (Active Math Games)

Active math games using recycled materials are economical and good for the environment. Set up empty plastic bottles labeled 1 through 10, then roll the ball to see how many you can knock down. Add up the numbers of the knocked-over bottles to get your score.

Learn more: Learn With Play at Home

34. Compete to win at putt-putt math

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Pick up a few dollar-store supplies and make your own putt-putt course. This can be a simple game where kids simply shoot for the highest (or lowest) number. But you can also drive up the complexity by putting equations on the cups that kids have to solve first to determine which is the best cup to aim for.

Learn more: My Catch a Star Classroom!

35. Give a classic game a math twist

Students playing Twister with sticky note numbers on each circle

Create active math games that give new life to existing resources. For example, add numbers to Twister! For more advanced players, instead of saying “Right hand 5,” try saying “Right hand 14 – 9” to make them think.

Learn more: Math Geek Mama/Twister Math

If you like these active math games and are looking for more ways to move in the classroom, try these 21 Kinesthetic Reading Activities for your most active learners.

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Jill Staake is a Contributing Editor with WeAreTeachers. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. She's also done training and curriculum design for a financial institution and been a science museum educator. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she often works on her back porch while taking frequent breaks for bird-watching and gardening.

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10 Seriously Fun (and Simple) Math Activities

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Looking for fun math activities that fill your classroom with number wonder?  You’re in the right place.

We asked our global team of educators for 10 activities that never fail to get budding mathematicians buzzing.

We’ve broken them down here so you can get started ASAP.

Snail Races

This is a fun way for students to practice their fluency with addition facts up to 12. Students pick a snail numbered from 1–12, and roll dice to see which one moves toward the finish line.

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Secret number quest.

Sharpen your students’ number sense and place value knowledge by having them guess a two- or three-digit number.

Tip:  model this game first. It’s simple once students get the hang of it, but they might benefit from doing it as a class to begin with.

Picture Pie

This is a hands-on way of teaching fractions that will channel your students’ artistic flair!

Tip:  have advanced students start with a mixed number (e.g. 3 ¼). They have to see what they can create out of these pieces of paper by cutting them into smaller fractional portions. Don’t forget to have them label each piece with the correct fraction!

A  Jeopardy! -style dice game to practice addition fact fluency. You’ll have students on their edge of their seats as they race to 100 points!

Tip:  you can use two dice and bump the score up to 500 if you want students to practice multiplication.

Target boards

Target boards are sheets of numbers, times, fractions, percentages – whatever mathematical property your students are learning.  They’re a super versatile resource that can be used to develop fluency in almost any concept.

Create a target board alongside a set of questions, so students can select the correct answer(s) from the board. Depending on what’s on the board, you could ask:

Tip:  heighten the stakes by doing individual time trials or splitting the class in two and having the two groups compete against each other.

Math Mind Maps

This is a quick and simple way to help students see the connectivity between different mathematical operations.

Put a single number in the middle of the whiteboard and then have students see how many different sums and statements they can come up with leading to that number. These then form a mind map branching out from the central digit.

There are plenty of ways you can customize the activity. For example:

I Have… Who Has…

Another easy game to improve students’ fact fluency. Create a set of cards, each one containing a number and a ‘who has’ statement with an incomplete number sentence (e.g. “Who has 5 + 2”).

Make sure the cards sync up, so that the ‘who has’ statements will lead to a number on another student’s card.

Tip: this game also works well as an icebreaker. Each student can introduce themselves or provide a personal fact after reading out their number. Try it on the first day!

This classic crowd pleaser can easily be adapted to focus on math skills. Make sure there’s a prize for the winner!

Random Number Generator

Using randomly drawn integers, students have to generate the biggest five-digit number they can. It’s a quick way of developing students’ understanding of place value, and one they can easily do on their own.

The game works because it forces students to make quick decisions about place value. For example, if a 5 comes up, students might be tempted to put it in the tens or hundreds column. But if no higher number comes up, they’ll regret not putting it in the tens of thousands!

Tip:  combine the game with probability. Ask students to calculate the probability of getting a nine on the final draw, or two eights.

Which concept am I?

Asking students to explain math concepts in words is a powerful way of consolidating their understanding. That’s exactly what this activity does in a fun and engaging way.

As students call out different explanations of the concept, they’ll start to process different ways of thinking about and understanding the concept. It also gives you an opportunity to check for understanding.

Tip:  remember to put the focus on the strength of the explanations, not the student’s guesses. The pressure shouldn’t be on the student at the front, but on the peers who have to put a tricky concept into words to make it clear!

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5 math activities that promote collaborative learning in the classroom, by: jeff todd.

Getting students to interact in the classroom is the call, and at the same time, it’s a challenge for our lesson planning! Collaborative math activities in the classroom can help students move forward along their learning trajectories… and it can be fun! That’s why I’ve put together a set of five downloadable collaborative math activities for you to use in your elementary classroom.

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Recommendations for Collaborative Learning Activities

There’s a lot of research about collaborative student play in the earliest grades and how it can be used to help students develop math concepts. A recent article (Ramani & Eason, 2015) has five recommendations to follow if you are looking to put together games or activities for younger students, and I think these activities can be extended through upper elementary school as well:

Seek out playful curricula—you’ll see that the collaborative math activities provided here will be fun for students.

Think outside the (game) box-—I used the matching game “Concentration” and gave it a geometric twist to help students develop vocabulary. The game known as “Go Fish” has been modified to reinforce math content.

What happens in math class doesn't have to stay in math class—tie games to other topics in the curriculum and in the “real world.”

Peers are a valuable resource—students get engaged in activities and will help each other, and competition can be used in a healthy way to motivate students.

Engage parents, and make connections between the classroom and home-—the collaborative math activities in this post would be great to introduce at a parent night.

Collaborative Learning Encourages Social-Emotional Skills

One of the things that you find when looking for games and activities on the Internet is that you get a lot of hits for “computer games.” While computer games are handy and help students learn and practice math content on their own, collaborative math activities also help students practice their social-emotional skills as they interact with each other. So, the math activities below will promote “old fashioned” collaboration between students where they can practice their social-emotional skills:



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Math Activities That Promote Student Collaboration in the Classroom

I use these collaborative math activities in all kinds of situations. That’s the great thing about them! They are well-suited for:

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Collaborative Math Activity: Geometry Concentration

Have students work together to practice matching basic geometry vocabulary terms with their corresponding geometric figures. Download everything you need to start playing the Geometry Concentration Game in your classroom. This ready-to-go activity for Kindergarten through Grade 3 contains four sets of cards. Included you'll find:

The basic sets are appropriate for every student in the early grades. The advanced sets are appropriate for above-average students in Grades 1 or 2 and for any Grade 3 student.

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Collaborative Math Activity: Make-A-Ten Go Fish

This collaborative “Go Fish” game is perfect for the early grades when students are learning about ten pairs. To get playing, you'll need a deck of cards and my printable instructions.

This collaborative “Go Fish” game perfect for the early grades when students are learning about ten pairs. To get playing, you'll need a deck of cards and my printable instructions.

Collaborative Math Activity: Tic-Tac-Toe Math

Download the Tic-Tac-Toe Math Game , which is appropriate for any grade level. It is a fun and interactive way to review for an upcoming exam or to practice a new math skill! It also fosters social-emotional learning in the classroom through cooperation and teamwork.

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Collaborative Math Activity: Math Land Game Boards

There are different downloadable Math Land Game Boards for each grade, from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Students can practice their computational skills as they move along the path. Each group will need colored counters and a die to roll to play this board game.

Collaborative Math Activity: Math Land Game Boards for Grades 1–6

Collaborative Math Activity: Candy Bar Fractions

Download this sorting activity where students sort candy-bar fractions by comparing them to the benchmarks of zero, one-half, and one whole. Use this activity with the upper elementary grades or as an enrichment activity for younger accelerated students.

Collaborative Math Activity: Candy Bar Fractions

These five easy-to-use math activities are great for fostering collaborative learning in your classroom. You can use them in a variety of ways. In addition to being fun and engaging when used as all-class activities, they can be used in math centers, as early finisher activities, or at a family night.

Download these activities today and you will be on the way to seeing students interact as they learn in your classroom!

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Introducing math games into the classroom is a great way to make learning fun, engaging and motivating for young learners.

And the best part about starting early (kindergarten to grade 2) is that it helps your students to develop a positive attitude toward math from an early age, setting them up for a successful academic future.

Here are some fun classroom math activities that will have your students begging to do more.

This math game is sure to become a fast favorite with your students. You can choose whatever skill you want to review, such as addition, subtraction, or number sequencing. The game works just like regular bingo, except students have to solve math problems in order to know what number to mark off of their sheet.

To prepare, make a list of 25 math problems (e.g. 2+1, 3–0, or 2, 4, 6, _ ). Write the answers on the same sheet of paper.

Create your own 5x5 bingo cards or generate them online. At random, write the answers on the cards using the solutions from your list. There should be a bingo card for each student playing. You can laminate the cards to use for next time and have students place pennies or rocks to mark their answers.

Make a paper plate clock

Are your students learning to tell time this year? This hands‑on craft activity is a fantastic way to practice this important skill.

Start with a paper plate and make a small hole at the center. Students should write the numbers in the correct places. Using colored paper, they can then cut the clock hands to the right size and secure them using a split pin from the center. You can even use a second plate (different color) for students to write the minutes. Glue the second plate to the bottom of the first so that it creates a rim.

Guess the weight

Children love playing guessing games, and when it comes to whether something is heavy or light, there can certainly be a few surprises in store for them.

Gather several items and spread them across a table. One at a time, ask students to guess the weight of each item and write their predictions in one column on a page (you can create a simple template for this too). Using kitchen scales, invite individual students to weigh each item and record the correct answers in a second column. You can also add a column in between and pass each item around the class, so students can guess the weight after holding each in their hand.

Hopscotch math

This game is a great way to get your students outside on a nice sunny day. Using a piece of chalk, draw a hopscotch grid on the pavement mimicking a calculator layout. Ask students to form a line and one by one, give them a simple operation (e.g. 2+3, 5–0). Students should take turns hopping on each element of the equation in the correct order, landing finally on the answer.

In another game, you can call out a number and ask students to hop on any equation that equals to that number. For a fun twist, ask students to hop on one leg for odd numbers, and two legs for even numbers.

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Pizza fractions

Fractions can be tricky, so this activity can really help students to visualize key concepts. Create an instruction sheet with five different fractions on each (you can create several so different students get a different set). Students should create a pizza (using construction paper, or even the inside of an empty pizza box) and decorate the toppings to represent each fraction.

For example, if they had a quarter (fourth), they should cover one-quarter of the pizza with a specific ingredient (e.g. mushrooms or pepperoni).

'Lengthy' scavenger hunt

Divide students into groups and give each group a list of measurements and a measuring tool (e.g. a ruler, tape, trundle wheel). Instruct students to find items that are exactly the length of what they have listed. For younger students who haven't yet been introduced to measurement, draw various lines on their sheet and ask them to find items that are exactly the same length.

Make sure you prepare items beforehand and place them in a safe and visible spot. This activity can be done outside or in the classroom.

Survey and graph

Ask each student to think of a question they’d like to survey their fellow classmates on. For example, they might like to ask their classmates what their favorite animal is out of a dog, monkey, pig, or chicken. Give students time to walk around the classroom quizzing each other and recording their data.

Once students have collected enough data, ask them to represent their results by building a bar graph using linking cubes, blocks, or Legos. They can use sticky notes or bits of paper to create labels above each bar. Take a photo of each student's graph, which you can later print out to create a class collage to display.

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Make math fun by pairing it with other STEAM disciplines! This round-up of activities includes a ton of math + art activities, math + tech, and math + science for a whole summer of fun! 

On Mondays this summer, we are going to explore math with a huge list of fantastic math activities for kids!

These 50 math activities are paired with other STEAM disciplines for some great hands-on learning opportunities!  

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Supplies for Math Activities

Simple math tools such as a ruler, paper, and pencils, are needed for these 50 math activities for kids. There are quite a few unique activities in the bunch, so there are some additional supplies needed.

You’ll find a list of these unique supplies below!

Some supplies you’ll need for our favorite math activities include (you can also grab them from Amazon by clicking through the link):

Summer of STEAM

Math Mondays are part of our Summer of STEAM Series. I love activities that are super low-prep! That makes it even easier to get things set up quickly!

We are big on routines at our house, so we’ve sorted our activities into different “themed” days to keep the learning going all summer long!

Check out our Summer of STEAM activities for kids filled with Math Mondays, Tinker Tuesdays , Wonder Wednesdays , Techie Thursdays , and Foodie Fridays !

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STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Like STEM, STEAM is an integrated approach to learning that encourages learners to make connections between the concepts they are learning and how they apply them to real-world problems .

STEAM helps students ask questions, problem solve, think creatively, and produce innovative solutions.

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K-8 Math Activities for Kids

The math activities below are designed for kids ages 6 and up. Keep scrolling to find Preschool and Early Learning math activities for kids in the following section!

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This graph art activity is a great way to pair math + tech + art to illustrate data from Go Science Kids.

Explore some science and math in the garden with these plant STEM activities for kids from KC Edventures.

This oil resist tessellation art is a great way to combine science, art, and math into one masterful activity for kids from Our Family Code!

Can you build 30 structures with this build a 3D structure math + engineering challenge from Go Science Kids?

J’adore this Eiffel Tower engineering project from KC EDventures that pairs math + engineering! 

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Ready for a fun STEM challenge that uses stuff you already have in your house, that also teaches engineering and math skills? Check out this Marshmallow STEM Building Challenge from STEAM Powered Family

This Pi Day activity combines math and art into a beautiful design from Teach Beside Me.

This math + art + technology activity is designed to show how JavaScript programs can be used to make drawings and introduce kids to the coordinate system used. Learn how to code a rectangle with JavaScript and ProcessingJS, and then try it yourself in the editor boxes from Our Family Code.

This math + art lesson on fractals pairs some favorite Frozen characters with math and we couldn’t be more excited! Learn how to create fractals and what iterating is from Crafty Moms Share.

If you are looking for a fun way to integrate math and art, try drawing some spirolaterals with this math + art activity from Teach Beside Me.

Explore the number Pi and prove that it is a mathematical constant by making math sun catchers out of perler beads for a fun math + art STEAM activity from Our Family Code!

Learn about the buildings of Russia with this math + art activity from The Educators’ Spin on It.

Make flowers using math with this geometric math art activity from Teach Beside Me.

Learn about percentages, averages, and pie charts with this M&M math activity from Crafty Moms Share.

This watercolor compass art + math activity is perfect for a wide range of ages and learning levels from Our Family Code.

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Turn paper towel tubes into two different DIY math games  that pair math + engineering from Artsy Momma.

Create a beautiful paper flower arrangement to share with someone special with this spiral paper flower math + art activity inspired by the book Madeline  from The Educators’ Spin On It.

This Ostomachion Math Puzzle is very similar to tangrams, which most people have heard of. It is a fun STEAM project for teaching math with art from Teach Beside Me.

Using origami in a geometry class can help to make a lesson fun and also can force the students to think outside the box. This math + art geometric origami activity explores math concepts such as quadrilateral properties, symmetry, area, triangles, and more from Crafty Moms Share.

Turn a pi skyline activity into a color coding mosaic pi cityscape activity that works on basic programming skills while introducing Pi in this tech + art + math activity from Our Family Code. 

Learn the concept of the coordinate system with this hands-on math + art activity with play dough and explore STEM ideas of spatial representation, object formation, and geometry and math coordinates from The Stem Mum. 

This Pi Necklace math + coding activity is the perfect combination of math, binary, and hexadecimal coding for upper elementary and middle school students from Our Family Code.

Write poems using geometry vocabulary with this creative math + art activity from Crafty Moms Share.

Your kids are going to love these math + art Disney mystery multiplication worksheets from Artsy Fartsy Mama.

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Learn about parallel lines, diagonal lines, vertical lines, horizontal lines, perpendicular lines, etc with this math + art types of lines activity from School Time Snippets.

Build a LEGO balance scale to compare the mass of different objects with this math + engineering activity from Mombrite.

Make a circle geoboard with nails and a square of wood with this math + art activity from Teach Beside Me.

Pair coding concepts with math in this Circle Algorithm Art Unplugged Coding Activity  from Our Family Code

Find cute and easy origami builds for kids and work on some math skills like symmetry, angles, halves, and thirds from Red Ted Art.

Learn about the history of Pi ,  Leonardo Fibonacci , or Leonard Euler with these informative math articles from Crafty Moms Share.

Your kids are going to love these math + art  free printable Emoji mystery multiplication worksheets  from Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Craft and explore nature, count, and decorate symmetrical circles with this sun catcher mandala nature craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect.

This Frozen Snowflake Symmetry Resist Art  art activity pairs math + art from Our Family Code.

Introduce the pyramid geometric shape with this Egyptian pyramid math activity from Crafty Moms Share.

This Fibonacci math and art activity presents this would-be complex mathematical concept in an easy to understand, tangible way with Fibonacci art and is ideal for elementary-age kids through tweens from Our Family Code! 

Explore several discovery math activities from Crafty Moms Share.

Make a God’s Eye craft with this math + art woven craft from Crafty Moms Share.

Preschool Math Activities

These preschool math activities are a great way to learn fundamental math concepts like shapes, measuring, weighing mass, and counting. 

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Make geometry art with this 2D shape painting activity using 3D blocks from Nurture Store.

Learn About Mass With This Preschool Balance Scale STEAM Activity  with free measuring worksheet from Our Family Code

Grab these free Leo Lionni Inch by Inch printable activities and get outside and learn how to measure objects with this great activity from Rainy Day Mum.

This simple activity on the light table that explores basic math concepts for Preschoolers from Happily Ever Mom.

Explore 2D and 3D shapes with this hands-on activity using play dough from School Time Snippets.

You can explore the seasons with this fingerprint leaves counting game from Fun Handprint Art.

Explore tessellating shapes from The Preschool Toolbox

Build shapes with marshmallows by practicing your engineering skills from Homeschool Preschool

Measure height with magna-tiles with this math activity from Go Science Kids

This spider web number lacing paper plate activity makes a fun preschool math activity since it works on number recognition and counting. Lacing the spider web is great for working those fine motor skills!

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This geometric shape stamp activity is an invitation to create with shapes cut out of kitchen sponges, dipped in colored paint from The Craft Train. 

Looking for a no-mess sensory play activity for children that doubles as a fantastic opportunity to learn math through art? Create sensory wall mosaic art with kids from Mama Smiles. 

Work on number recognition and fine motor skills with this sticky yarn learning activity from Fun Littles.

This Kindergarten shape build is a great activity to explore shapes and have some fun from Days with Grey.

Turn tangrams into stamps to create tangram process art ! This activity uses a little bit of creativity while learning about shapes to make fun process art from Our Family Code.


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Math + Art Activities

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Dragon Curve Fractal Art Math + Art STEAM Activity

Learn about dragon curve fractals and how to make dragon curve fractal art with this awesome STEAM activity!

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Teach the Fibonacci Sequence with this Easy Math & Art Activity!

This math and art activity presents this would-be complex mathematical concept in an easy to understand, tangible way with Fibonacci art!

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Finding Pi with Math Sun Catchers

The goal of this activity is to explore the number Pi and prove that it is a mathematical constant by making math sun catchers out of perler beads for a fun math + art STEAM activity!

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Pilish: How to Write a Poem for Pi Day

The number Pi, inspired it’s own language known as “Pilish”. Pilish is a challenging form of writing. Learn it today and write a piem!

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Learn the first 100 digits of Pi with this color wheel activity that helps kids to visualize numbers of Pi in the first 100 digits and learn about color wheels!

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Fibonacci Activity for Kids: Fibonacci Flowers

This Fibonacci activity for kids is a hands-on way to teach the Fibonacci sequence and make some math + art Fibonacci flowers!

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Color Code a Mosaic Pi Cityscape

This Pi Day activity is designed to introduce Pi by using mosaic paper squares to build a color coded cityscape.

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Oil Resist Escher Tessellation Art STEAM Activity

This oil resist Escher tessellation art is a great way to combine science, art, and math into one masterful activity for kids!

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Learn Binary Code: 5-Bit Binary Code Challenge

Introduce algorithms with this hands-on unplugged coding activity for kids!

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Make Learning Fun: Practising Math Through Games

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Everyone wishes their child would practise math or pick up a book whenever they are bored, but let’s be honest, most kids just want to play a game or use their tablet. The good news is there are tons of fun games available online where you can use your math skills while having fun. The question is: “Do games really help children study math?” Let’s go over some of the benefits and downsides of practising math with games.

Children love games, even when they help you learn

Everyone wants to be the parent that doesn’t hand the phone or tablet over to their child for a few seconds of peace, but sometimes it’s just easier to let them play a game while you need to get some work done. Instead of watching unboxing videos or playing games, parents can selectively choose games that are not only fun, but also allow their child to hone the skills they’ll need in the future.

Children like to be challenged. That’s part of the reason they love playing games. When your child gets used to solving a math problem to move a story forward or get new in-game bonuses, they see that the work they are putting in leads to real successes and achievements.

Some of the best skills you develop in life are not the ones you’re forced to learn and use. Instead, they are the skills that you’re passionate about. While not every child would pick math games over Pokémon , if the choices are doing worksheets or playing math games, most are going to pick the one that’s more fun. Finding engaging ways to practise, be challenged, use skills, and feel a sense of accomplishment are some of the reasons why children love games and gamified learning.

Make sure the games match the skills they have

Using games to practise knowledge and skills helps with reinforcement because it challenges children at their level. One issue to look out for when using math games is to make sure they align with a child’s current skills. If a game is fun but focuses on skills they learnt last year, your child won’t be practising newer skills — and may, in fact, get bored and lose interest quickly. On the other hand, if the math problems are too hard, your child may get easily frustrated that they’re not moving the story forward in the game and just quit.

Just like any game, do your research to make sure that the game is appropriate for your child. Starting a new game that matches what they’re learning in school helps to integrate those new skills into their daily life. Math is all about looking forward, so you don’t want your child to get too comfortable and not be challenged.

Make sure the games your child wants to play are within their skill range. There’s a good way and a bad way to be challenged. If your child gets frustrated because they don’t have the skills to move forward in a game, it might add to “math anxiety” in the future.

“Math anxiety” is a fear of math that’s not only seen in primary classrooms — but also in adults. A study by Frontiers in Psychology reports that it can be impactful well into university and even everyday life. Games are a fun way to help your child gain math confidence and foster mastery motivation.

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Spark Math’s small group online classes are filled with fun ways for children to interact with what they are learning. Filled with original games and animation, our classes feature all the fun of practising with games, are designed by educational experts, and have exclusive content. Not to mention, students have the support and guidance of experienced ex-MOE teachers who are there to guide and teach them along the way. Students will be able to practise what they are learning in their regular curriculum, get a head start on new concepts, and even be ready for tests and math competitions.

Check out the gamified learning in Spark Math online classes with a FREE trial class today. Your child can look forward to animated explanations and highly interactive lessons that help them to master math heuristics.

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Tell a teacher or parent what you notice as soon as you look at these multiples of 11: 11, 22, 33, 44, … .

Throughout this series, Times Tables , you have learned how to multiply with two, five, and ten.

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How did you do? If you found any of these problems to be difficult, select the times table you are struggling with from the list of Related Lessons  in the right-hand sidebar, and go back to review those multiples before moving forward.

In this lesson, you will learn multiples of 11. Multiplying with double digits may seem scary, but multiplying with 11 is actually very easy.

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You should have noticed that the product of any number from one to nine times eleven is just the number doubled.

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Add these tips to the foldable you have been creating throughout this series under the "11" flap. Then, review what you have learned about the 11 times tables by listening to the song 11 times trick (for numbers greater than 9)- multiplication math song (Mr. R's Songs for Teaching):

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Using Cooperative Learning to Teach Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities

“ Cooperative learning ” (i.e., jigsaw, learning together, group investigation, student teams-achievement divisions, and teams-games-tournaments) is a generic term that is used to describe an instructional arrangement for teaching academic and collaborative skills to small, heterogeneous groups of students (Rich,1993; Sharan,1980). Cooperative learning is deemed highly desirable because of its tendency to reduce peer competition and isolation, and to promote academic achievement and positive interrelationships. A benefit of cooperative learning, therefore, is to provide students with learning disabilities (LD), who have math disabilities and social interaction difficulties, an instructional arrangement that fosters the application and practice of mathematics and collaborative skills within a natural setting (i.e., group activity). Thus, cooperative learning has been used extensively to promote mathematics achievement of students both with and without LD (Slavin, Leavey, & Madden, 1984; Slavin, Madden, & Leavey,1984).

According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM; 1991), learning environments should be created that promote active learning and teaching; classroom discourse; and individual, small-group, and whole-group learning. Cooperative learning is one example of an instructional arrangement that can be used to foster active student learning, which is an important dimension of mathematics learning and highly endorsed by math educators and researchers. Students can be given tasks to discuss, problem solve, and accomplish.

Cooperative learning activities can be used to supplement textbook instruction by providing students with opportunities to practice newly introduced or to review skills and concepts. Teachers can use cooperative learning activities to help students make connections between the concrete and abstract level of instruction through peer interactions and carefully designed activities.

Finally, cooperative learning can be used to promote classroom discourse and oral language development. Wiig and Semel (1984) described mathematics as “conceptually dense.” That is, students must understand the language and symbols of mathematics because contextual clues, like those found in reading, are lacking in mathematics. For example, math vocabulary (e.g., greater-than, denominator, equivalent) and mathematical symbols (e.g., =, ‹, or ›) must be understood to work problems as there are no contextual clues to aid understanding. In a cooperative learning activity, vocabulary and symbolic understanding can be facilitated with peer interactions and modeling.

Research (e.g., Johnson & Johnson, 1986) supports cooperative learning as an effective approach for including students with LD in classroom group work and promoting peer acceptance. However, some researchers (e.g., Andersen, Nelson, Fox, & Gruber, 1988; Rivera, Gillam, Goodwin, & Smith,1996; Slavin, Madden, & Leavey,1984) caution teachers to integrate direct instruction and cooperative learning. Thus, in cooperative learning groups with proper instruction and preparation (i.e., previous direct instruction on skills), students with math disabilities can benefit from peer interactions to learn mathematics skills and concepts. The purpose of this article is to discuss the components of cooperative learning and to present an example of how cooperative learning can be used to teach mathematics skills.

Cooperative learning components

The literature (e.g., Johnson, Johnson, & Holubec,1994) is replete with descriptions of cooperative learning; therefore, only a brief overview of the components of cooperative learning are described to serve as a foundation for the remaining section of this article. Cooperative learning consists of three major components: “lesson preparation,” “lesson instruction,” and “lesson evaluation.” Each component is briefly described.

Lesson preparation

During the “lesson preparation” component, teachers (a) select the mathematics and collaborative objectives to target for instruction and cooperative learning groups, (b) plan the math activity, (c) identify ways to promote the elements of cooperative learning, (d) identify roles, and (e) establish groups. To identify mathematics content area objectives for instruction, teachers can examine a variety of resources, such as curriculum guides, textbooks, the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards (NCTM, 1989), and students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Additionally, teachers can use assessment information obtained from clinical interviews, criterion-referenced tests, and error analyses (Enright, 1995; Rivera & Bryant, 1992) that reflects students’ knowledge of prerequisite mathematics skills and concepts (see Bryant’s article in this series).

Collaborative objectives, in turn, can be drawn from curriculum guides, IEPs, and other references (e.g., Jackson, Jackson, & Monroe,1983; McGinnis & Goldstein,1984; Walker et al.,1983). Additionally, it is recommended that student group behaviors and interactions be observed to identify those collaborative skills (e.g., listening, sharing, taking turns, asking questions, using self-control, compromising, contributing ideas) that require intervention to enable students to work successfully as a group towards task completion.

Designing math activities for cooperative learning groups requires consideration of both the instructional objectives and the purposes for having children work in a cooperative instructional arrangement. Teachers should design activities to promote math understanding by having students practice, experiment, manipulate, reason, and problem solve. Such math activities may help students make connections across math skills and concepts, and other disciplines. Kagan (1989/90) identified ways to structure group activities to foster group interactions. Table 1 presents four examples of activity structures, their definitions, and applications to math activities.

According to Johnson et al. (1994), there are five basic elements of cooperative learning: positive interdependence, face-to-face interaction, individual accountability, group behaviors, and group processing. Positive interdependence means that students see the importance of working as a team and realize that they are responsible for contributing to the group’s effort. face-to-face interaction involves students working in environmental situations that promote eye contact and social space so that students can engage in discussions. Individual accountability suggests that each person is responsible to the group and must be a contributing member- not someone who lets others do all of the work. Group behaviors refer to those interpersonal, social, collaborative skills needed to work with others successfully. Finally, group processing is a time after the cooperative learning task is finished when team members analyze their own and their group’s abilities to work collaboratively.

These five elements can be structured to promote team work and collaborative skills. They can be facilitated in various ways, for example, by (a) asking students to be responsible for certain duties (e.g., record keeper, spokesperson, encourager); (b) providing limited materials thus necessitating sharing; (c) providing bonus points for demonstrating collaborative behaviors; (d) asking students to self-evaluate after-task completion, (e) assigning a group grade to the math activity, and (f) arranging the environment so students interact in small groups (see Johnson et al.,1994 for a thorough discussion of the five elements and activities to promote them).

Roles with specific responsibilities can be assigned to each group member. Examples of roles include materials person, spokesperson, writer, encourages and timekeeper. Roles should be taught and practiced prior to placing students in cooperative groups; students need a good understanding of the responsibilities associated with each role.

Groups should contain various ability levels. By limiting group size to four to six students, each member should be able to have an active role and access materials within a reasonable amount of time.

Lesson instruction

The “lesson instruction” component of cooperative learning refers to the time in which cooperative learning activities occur. Students should engage in cooperative learning activities after they have received direct instruction in the mathematics and collaborative skills objectives targeted for the group activity. Asking students to perform math activities and collaborative skills for which no previous direct instruction has occurred puts students with LD (as well as other students) at risk for failure and group frustration. Inevitably, the lack of direct instruction prior to cooperative learning may result in numerous questions requesting clarification and assistance. Therefore, “lesson instruction” consists first of direct instruction, and then the cooperative learning activity. Cooperative learning can be used as the “guided practice” time when students engage in tasks to practice introduced skills. Cooperative learning can be used at the onset of math instruction as a means of reviewing skills and concepts or after the presentation of subject matter where new material is practiced within the context of previously taught material. For example, if the math objective is to teach students how to solve story problems using a strategy, then the strategy steps should first be taught directly. Students could then work in a cooperative learning activity that requires the use of the strategy to solve story problems.

An important aspect of the “lesson instruction” component is the teacher’s role. The teacher must (a) have students transition quickly after direct instruction, (b) have activities and materials ready, (c) monitor student progress in groups, and (d) reinforce the occurrences of collaborative behaviors.

During cooperative learning activities, teachers should circulate among groups monitoring the students’ ability to complete the assigned mathematics activity and demonstrate the targeted collaborative skills. The teacher can facilitate group work by asking questions to help students redirect their work, by providing additional instruction to some students who may be struggling with the task, and by reinforcing students’ efforts for working collaboratively and seeking solutions to problems.

Lesson evaluation

The purpose of the “lesson evaluation” component is to assess student mastery of the math objectives and the group’s ability to work collaboratively. Teachers can conduct such evaluation by (a) observing students during the cooperative learning activity, (b) having students complete individual tasks following cooperative learning activities, and (c) asking students to engage in group processing (self-evaluation).

Teachers can assess students’ mathematics abilities during the group activity by addressing evaluation questions, such as those listed in Table 2. Group and/or individual responses and needs can be recorded on a clipboard to determine if additional instruction and group work are necessary for students to achieve mastery. Answers to the evaluation questions may suggest further direct instruction in a math skill with some or all of the students.

When the cooperative learning activity is finished, teachers may want to administer an individual posttest to determine how well each student has mastered the mathematics content. This is a common form of pupil evaluation that typically yields some type of permanent product, which can then can be graded. The purpose of this evaluation is to ascertain whether students are capable of performing the mathematics objectives independently at mastery level.

Students also should be given the opportunity to evaluate their ability to be team players; this is called group processing. Johnson and Johnson (1986) recommended that, following any cooperative learning activity, students should have time to discuss how their group performed in completing the math activities. Their responses could be recorded and discussed with the teacher to determine pupil-teacher agreement on the group’s ability to work collaboratively.

With careful planning, implementation, and evaluation cooperative learning activities can be achieved successfully by most students. The next section provides an example of using cooperative learning to teach mathematics.

Teaching mathematics using cooperative learning

Below is an example of using cooperative learning to teach a math lesson based on the three major components of cooperative learning: “lesson preparation,” “lesson instruction,” and “lesson evaluation.” In this example, five students with LD attend a third grade general education classroom for most of the school day and receive special education resource remedial assistance for mathematics skills. The cooperative learning activity in this example is taking place in the general education setting where the general and special education teachers plan and teach cooperative learning math activities collaboratively twice a week.

During “preparation” the cooperative learning math activity is designed; a description of “preparation” activities follows.

Establish objectives. In this example, the instructional objective for mathematics is: “Students will solve two-step story problems containing extraneous information with 90% accuracy .” The collaborative objective is: “Students will encourage and support teammates and share materials when requested.” The objectives are based on (a) school district special education curriculum guides, (b) students’ Individualized Education Program goals for mathematics and social skills, (c) curriculum-based assessment of whole number computation, and (d) observations of group behaviors and interactions.

Structure the activity. In whole group instruction, the instructional objective will be addressed by reviewing with all students the steps of a story problem-solving strategy that was learned the previous week. Students will recite the strategy’s steps using cue cards. Using the strategy, two story problems will be solved by the teachers who will recite the steps and verbalize their thinking processes as they work through the problems. Then, students will solve two story problems with the teachers. Next, students will review cooperative learning role responsibilities and explain ways to encourage and support each other. Rules about sharing also will be reviewed.

In the cooperative learning group, “numbered heads” will be used as the activity structure. Students will use their strategy cue cards to solve four story problems. Teachers will facilitate group work and interactions. Time will be allowed for group processing and students (when called on by group and number) will explain how their group solved a particular story problem.

Promote the elements of cooperative learning. Student roles will be assigned and bonus points will be distributed intermittently based on each group’s demonstration of encouraging and supportive behavior. One strategy cue card will be distributed to each group, thus necessitating sharing of the card. A posttest will be individually administered containing four story problems to determine if students can solve the story problems independently using their cue cards. The reading level of the story problems will be controlled for different ability levels in the classroom.

Identify the roles and groups. Each group will include a timekeeper to monitor the time and keep the group on task, a materials person to manage the cue card, a writer to record the group’s problem-solving responses and answers, and a spokesperson to lead the group during group processing time and to share the group’s results with the teacher. The groups will consist of four students; only one student with LD will be a member of each group.

Implementation of the math lesson, in this example, requires direct instruction followed by the cooperative learning activity. The instructional steps are described below.

Provide an advance organizer. Explain the purpose of the lesson and the instructional and collaborative objectives. Describe the lesson’s activities and the teachers’ roles in the lesson. Remind students that they worked on a story problem-solving strategy last week and ask for a definition of a strategy.

Present the lesson. Have students refer to their strategy cue cards and repeat the strategy steps. Ask individual students to recite the steps, then ask students to repeat the steps without referring to the cue card, if possible. Next, model solving a story problem using the strategy cue card and verbalizing the steps. Have students imitate this process solving another problem at their desks. Ask for answers and explanations of how the problem was solved.

Explain the cooperative learning activity, using the “numbered heads” structure. Remind students that they can use a cue card to solve their four story problems. Review students’ roles and responsibilities and ask for explanations of how students encourage and support one another. Provide directions for transitioning into cooperative learning groups, set a time, distribute materials, and review the task. Once students are in groups, serve as a facilitator by guiding students with questions (e.g., “What are the steps in the strategy?” “What do you do first?” “How do you determine extraneous information?”) or providing further instruction if necessary. Reinforce groups for demonstrating appropriate collaborative behaviors. Provide time for group processing, and call on students by number and group to provide answers to the story problems.

Evaluating the students’ mastery of the instructional and collaborative objectives is critical. As mentioned earlier in this article, there are three types of evaluation. In this example, the first evaluation can be done during the cooperative learning activity: note evaluative comments that may assist in planning additional lessons or document individual student difficulty. For instance, evaluation questions like those in Table 1 can be used to determine mastery or potential trouble spots solving story problems. The second evaluation is individual and can be done following the group activity by administering a posttest. This can help teachers determine students’ ability to solve story problems on their own and to apply the strategy. Finally, have students evaluate themselves during group processing to determine their abilities with the designated collaborative skills. This evaluation should be shared with the teacher to be sure that teacher and student perceptions of abilities match.


Cooperative learning is a popular instructional arrangement for teaching mathematics to students both with and without LD. Coupled with direct instruction, cooperative learning holds great promise as a supplement to textbook instruction by providing students with LD opportunities to practice math skills and concepts, reason and problem solve with peers, use mathematical language to discuss concepts, and make connections to other skills and disciplines. Carefully constructed lessons, using the “lesson preparation,” “lesson instruction,” and “lesson evaluation” components can offer students with LD rich learning opportunities in mathematics instruction.

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