## Make a Million Place Value Game

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 …

## Traffic Lights Game

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 …

## The Game of SET

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 …

## Sprouts

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 …

## Cover Up by Frank Tapson

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 …

## Skittles Game

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 …

## Blocko Probability Game

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 …

## Tenzi vs Splitzi Measures of Central Tendency Activity

This Tenzi vs Splitzi data collection activity was the perfect set-up for practicing finding measures of central tendency with my Algebra 1 students. I love a good dice game.  I’ve blogged before about playing Farkle with my students.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten around to blogging about it, but my husband and I love …

## Manifest Game by Frank Tapson

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 …

## Free Printable Farkle Score Sheet (with Scoring Guidelines)

Looking to play a friendly game of Farkle with friends or with your students in your classroom? I’ve got a free printable Farkle Score Sheet to help make your game play run smoothly. What is Farkle? Farkle is an incredibly fun and addictive dice game that is equally suitable for a fun family game night …

## Shape Logic by ThinkFun Game Review

Recently, I began partnering with ThinkFun to review some of their new STEM brainteaser puzzles in exchange for a blog post.  (Here’s the required FTC disclosure: ThinkFun provided me with a free copy of this game in exchange for a blog post.  The opinions included in this blog post are 100% my own.)  It’s no secret on …

## Brick Logic Game by ThinkFun Review

If you love logic style puzzle games, then you are most likely very familiar with the ThinkFun company.  ThinkFun is famous for games like Chocolate Fix, Math Dice, Swish, Izzi, and Rush Hour. While browsing the ThinkFun website a couple of weeks ago, I found this interesting fact on their FAQ page: I have a blog …

## Witzzle Bulletin Board

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 …

## Scientifico – A Bingo Style Game for Practicing Scientific Notation

Scientifico was probably my favorite activity we did for practicing scientific notation. I found it online here. To play this game, you’ll need game boards for each pair of students, three dice for each pair of students, and a recording sheet for each student. I recommend laminating these game boards for durability.  Of course, I …

## Count to Ten

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 …

## Thirteen Game

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 …

## 5 x 5 Game by Sara Van Der Werf

If you are looking to engage students in a fun classroom game, look no further than Sara Van Der Werf‘s amazing 5 x 5 game. It is a relatively low-prep game that only requires a set of printed game boards and a standard deck of playing cards. As soon as I read Sara’s post, I …

## Game of Greed Statistics Foldable

I want to share a statistics foldable I made for the Game of Greed. I’ve been looking for fun ways to collect quantitative data in my statistics class. Let’s just say my students are tired of surveys of how many siblings they have or how many states they’ve visited. I got this Game of Greed …

## Prime Climb Game and an Interesting Problem

At my last math teachers’ circle meeting, we played a new-to-me game: Prime Climb. This game has one of the most beautiful, math-y game boards I’ve ever seen. Now, I can’t really talk about the actual game all that much because we didn’t play by the actual rules.  In the actual game, players have two …

## Math Taboo

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 …

## Playing Spot It! In The Classroom

During the last few weeks of the school year, I started to run out of ideas for my weekly brain teaser.   Last summer, my sister had introduced me to the game Spot It! Spot It! is a set of circular cards that come in a metal tin.  The object of the game is simple. …

## The Game of 24

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 …

## Witzzle Pro Math Game

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 …

## Probability Bingo Game

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 …

## Greedy Pig Dice Game for Practicing Probability

I learned how to play the greedy pig dice game from my cooperating teacher at the middle school level who learned it at a workshop.  Since becoming aware of this game, I’ve seen various versions floating around the internet.  As part of my probability unit with my 8th graders after the OCCT, my cooperating teacher …