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Classroom-Tested Math Activities

Grades: 6-8


Grades: 6-8


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Spark the interest of even the most indifferent math student! There are 15 games in the Grades 6-8 book. The games build number sense, operational fluency, problem-solving strategies and give teachers and parents an alternative method to assess student performance and understanding. The math concepts and skills covered in each game are listed under each game, so teachers can select the appropriate games for the curriculum they are teaching.

Most of the games require only pencil, paper, and a pair of dice or a spinner. Each game has been classroom-tested numerous times and comes with clear, concise instructions and all reproducible master sheets necessary for playing. Instructions include a simple way to play a less challenging variation of the game or a more challenging variation. Instructions also include questions for further discovery, as well as, technology tips and teacher-management tips.

These games are also very helpful assessment tools since students love the games and are not reluctant to ask for help, because it improves their chances of winning the game. It is also common to hear students discuss and share their strategies with their peers. A study of the latest educational research has corroborated that there are a myriad of ways that games help children become proficient math learners.

  • Meaningful situations – for the application of mathematical skills
  • Motivation – children enjoy playing
  • Positive attitude – games reduce the fear of failure and error
  • Increased learning – increased interaction between children and more opportunities to test intuitive ideas and problem solving strategies
  • Different levels – games allow children to operate at different levels of thinking
  • Assessment – children’s thinking becomes apparent through actions and decisions they make during a game

Concepts for Grades 6-8
- Fractions/Decimals/Percent
- Positive and Negative Numbers (Signed Numbers)
- Prime and Relatively Prime Numbers
- Coordinate Geometry
- Order of Operations
- Area and Perimeter
- Exponents and Experimenting With Other Number Bases
- Evaluating Algebraic Expressions
- Math Vocabulary and Symbols
- Formulating Math Problem-Solving Strategies

Product Details

Item#: 12002GBP
Author(s): Miryam Alter
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Instruction/Answer Guide
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-934-4
Pages: 80, perforated

Product Reviews Write a review for this product

"Some of the concepts covered in this book are fractions/decimals/percents, positive and negative numbers, coordinate geometry, area and perimeter, algebraic expressions, math vocabulary and symbols and more! Students learn and refresh skills by playing fun games as math comes alive in new ways. It is a great tool for parents and teachers to see where their students are thriving and where they may need help.
" - Kathryn, Texas
"The games in this book jump right into a lot of algebra, so your middle schooler should be ready to work with adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. There are no "lessons" about these concepts, just instructions for each game, and sometimes a little snippet about a math concept. There are a lot of examples of how to work the problems within the games so that is helpful to know if you are working the problem right. The Critical Thinking Co. really makes learning fun with all their books. I was kind of surprised how fun doing some algebra could be with these games." - Desiree, Oregon
"I love teaching with games! Not only are they fun, they break up the monotony of textbooks and add what I like to call, "learning with glitter". Most of the games require only pencil, paper, and a pair of dice or a spinner. The instructions list the materials needed, the mathematical learning standards for each game, an overview, and how to play the game. There are also examples to follow, which I found to be helpful in explaining the games before we tried them. We enjoyed playing several of the games we tried. I focused on the algebra games, and our favorite was "Bingo Anyone?". Everyone loves a fun game of Bingo, and this one had a twist: The student must calculate the answer and then find it on the Bingo board. There are three different variations for this game, and we enjoyed the variety. We also enjoyed "Let’s Sum Up". This one required some thinking ahead, and had variations as well." - Jenn,
"I used this with my daughter in eighth grade. She really enjoyed the game It’s Logical. FYI - Of the sixteen math games in the book, ten of them are meant to be done with two or more students. At least one required a group of four or more." - Destiny,