Your students likely have various attitudes toward math—so how can you keep them *all *engaged? There are plenty of ways to incorporate fun math activities for middle school into the classroom environment.

#### Middle School Math Games and Activities for Grades 6-8

Check out these six middle school math games and activities below to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth graders about topics ranging from two-step inequalities to estimated square roots. Each of these printable PDF activities, which originated from HMH's *Into Math* and *GO Math! *programs, are available for teachers to download.

#### Grade 6

##### 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.

*Materials:*

- 1 set of activity cards per class or group

##### Activity #2: **R-A-T-I-O**

In this math game for Grade 6, students will create and recognize different ratios. This activity is designed to be completed in groups of two.

*Materials:*

- 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)

#### Grade 7

##### Activity #1: Inequalitrio

Students will match three cards with different representations of the same two-step inequality relationship. This hands-on middle school math activity is designed to be completed in groups of 6 to 15.

*Materials:*

- 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 math project individually.

*Materials:*

- 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)

#### Grade 8

##### 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.

*Materials:*

- 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.

*Materials:*

- 1
*Root-O!*board per player - 1 set of caller cards
- 25 counters (or dried beans) per player
- Scratch paper

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