Games in the Secondary Math Classroom



Engagement is key in the secondary math classroom.  When students are actively engaged in the learning process they are much more likely to retain the information.  I love to play games as a tool for reviewing or practicing math concepts with my middle school and high school math students.  In this post you'll find dozens of topics spread among several games that you can try with your students this year.

BINGO

We all know the basics of BINGO, but in this math class version students work together in small groups to review math skills. A question is projected on the whiteboard and students work together to solve the problem as a team. One student is called on to represent their team's response because this holds on teammates accountable for showing their work and understanding the steps.  Learn more about BINGO.



Voyage to the Treasure

Scaffolded Math and Science & Middle School Math Man teamed up to create this super fun and engaging series of board games for math students.  Students work together to get to the treasure first.  They are on the same team, playing against the math monster, which promotes collaboration and higher order thinking math discussions.  Learn more about Voyage to the Treasure.  Read about how this game has gone digital, too!



Battle My Math Ship

Algebra and Beyond created a new spin on the classic game Battleship. Students play against one another in this worksheet version of the game trying to sink battleships. This is a super engaging, skills-based way to review math topics.  Learn more about Battle My Math Ship.



Trashketball

Mrs. E Teaches Math loves the review game Trashketball. Prep about 10 worksheets that practice the skills you'll be reviewing that class period. In this fast-paced game, students complete worksheets and when they get all the problem correct they get to crumple the paper and toss it in a trashcan to make shots. Super engaging and can be used for any topic. Learn more about Trashketball.



Old Math Guy

Old Math Guy is a game that is modeled after the traditional card game Old Maid. Students play in small groups as they find mathematical matches among the cards in their hand. They take turns taking a card from the person to their right, but they hope not to get stuck with the Old Math Guy card! Learn more about Old Math Guy.



Trigonometry GOfish

When teaching secondary math concepts, weatherly believes in going beyond the “how” and teaching students the “why.”  Trig Functions GO FISH is a creative, engaging game that facilitates students’ understanding of trig functions.  Learn more about GOfish.



Golf

Visiting Math Giraffe’s store, you will find that her activities provide a mix of fun and rigor.  Golf is a hands-on game that provides an awesome, interactive way for students to practice math concepts.  Learn more about Golf.



Puzzles

Math Dyal has some really fun, hands-on math puzzles that facilitate skills practice and spacial reasoning. The best part is that they are self-checking! Learn more about puzzles.




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