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Last year, I learned about an activity called “Make a Million” from Julie Morgan who blogs at Fraction Fanatic. I tried this out with students several times throughout the year. It’s perfect for those awkward five minutes when you get through your lesson plan way faster than you expected. Kids LOVED it, but every time …

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I’m looking forward to playing this traffic lights game during the first week of school with my new 9th graders. Yes, I am teaching 9th graders for five of my six periods again this school year. As I wrote in my giant Ideas for the First Week of School post, I learned of this traffic …

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Another one of my favorite math-y games is SET. If you are not familiar with SET, it is a card game that can be played alone or with a group that relies on pattern recognition.  Here’s the basic rules courtesy of the SET company.   Though I now love the game of SET, this has …

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Sprouts is a mathematical game that was invented by two mathematicians: Conway and Paterson in the 1960s. I remember reading about this game as a kid in a book of mathematical games that lived on the bookshelf in my family’s living room. I have used it as a fun activity for the first week of …

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I really hope you guys aren’t growing tired of reading blog posts about Frank Tapson’s awesome activities because you’re about to read another one.  Previously, I’ve shared about How Far Can YOU Climb?, Manifest, and Skittles.  Frank also designed the number line poster I have at the front of my classroom.     I love …

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Today I’m sharing the skittles game by Frank Tapson. Skittles is a fun little dice game for two players. You will need dice as well as something like bingo chips to play. It’s been a while since I shared one of Frank Tapson’s activities here on the blog.  Previously, I’ve shared How Far Can YOU …

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I love using the Blocko game to give students much needed practice with experimental and theoretical probability. This game also goes by the name “Beano.” I prefer to play it with linking cubes, so we call it Blocko. Algebra 1 is in the midst of our LAST unit of the year.  With the stress and …

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I ran across this game while reading Don Steward’s blog. The Manifest Game was created by Frank Tapson.  I posted about another activity from Frank Tapson last week called “How Far Can YOU Climb?”  Quite a few of you tried it out in your classroom, and your students loved it just as much as mine …

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I created this interactive Witzzle Bulletin Board to make it easy to play Witzzle throughout the year with my students. I love using the game of Witzzle as a beginning of the year activity or as a brain break or early-finisher activity throughout the school year. Not sure how to play Witzzle? I’ve got a …

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Count to Ten is a team-building activity that I like to use at the beginning of the school year in those random five minute pockets of time that tend to pop up. I usually try to share on my blog where I got the idea for an activity from, but I honestly have no idea …

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The Thirteen Game is a Nim-style counting game that I originally learned about from Julie Morgan’s lovely blog. It’s the perfect time filler game for the first week of school when schedules can be weird and classes tend to be regularly cut short. I use this game whenever I have a few extra minutes with …

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I’ve written before about my plans to play Taboo as a warm-up with my students on Tuesdays.  We’ve had two Tuesdays so far, and it’s gone really well.  I wouldn’t say it’s my students’ favorite day of the week.  That’s probably Witzzle or the Train Game.  But, I like that it gets them thinking about …

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When I was student teaching, my cooperating teacher had a copy of the game 24.  When a class period unexpectedly finished 5 minutes early, we would pull out the game and put a 24 card on the board to solve.  If you’re not familiar with the game, use the four given digits plus any mathematical …

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I was first introduced to the Witzzle Pro Math Game at a meeting of the Tulsa Math Teachers’ Circle in 2014. I knew instantly that I had to use this game in my classroom. If you’ve spent anytime on my blog at all, you know that I adore puzzles. Witzzle is a combination of the …

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One of my favorite statistics activities for introducing probability is Probability Bingo. Probability Bingo is not your typical bingo game. You aren’t looking for five in a row. Instead, the winner is the first person to fill up their ENTIRE bingo card. I once attended an AP Summer Institute for AP Statistics at the University …

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