Your students likely have various attitudes toward math—so how can you keep them all engaged? There are plenty of ways to incorporate a fun activity component into the middle-school math classroom environment.
Check out these six math activities below to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth graders about topics ranging from two-step inequalities to estimated square roots. Each of these activities, which originated from HMH's GO Math! program, are available for teachers to download.
Activity #1: Magnitude Madness
Students will relate real-world situations to rational numbers, then find the number's magnitude, or absolute value, and graph the number on a number line. We suggest completing this activity as a whole class, or in large groups.
- 1 set of activity cards per class or group
Activity #2: R-A-T-I-O
In this activity, students will create and recognize different ratios. This activity is designed to be completed in groups of two.
- 1 gameboard
- 2 sliders (any small, easily moved items such as paper clips) per group
- 15 game pieces per player (different color for each player)
Activity #1: Inequalitrio
Students will match three cards with different representations of the same two-step inequality relationship. This activity is designed to be completed in groups of 6 to 15.
- 1 set of activity cards (real-world problems, inequalities, and graphs) per group
- 1 calculator per student
- Scratch paper
Activity #2: Scale a Comic
Students will predict dimensions on an enlarged scale drawing of an image and then create the scale drawing. We suggest having students complete this activity individually.
- 1 frame from a comic strip per student (approximately 1 to 2 inches square in size)
- 1 centimeter ruler per student
- 1 sheet of graph paper per student (4 squares per inch)
Activity #1: Prime Predictions
Students will plot a sequence of prime numbers in the coordinate plane and use a trend line to predict other prime numbers. It is recommended that students complete this activity in groups of two to four.
- 1 straightedge per group
- Grid paper
Activity #2: Root-O!
Students will evaluate and estimate square roots, including of rational and irrational numbers. This activity is designed for three or more players.
- 1 Root-O! board per player
- 1 set of caller cards
- 25 counters (or dried beans) per player
- Scratch paper
Learn more about HMH's GO Math! program, designed to raise student achievement scores and support teachers along the way.
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