20 Fun Math Activities for Your Classroom

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When students think “fun,” memories of math class likely won’t be the first to pop into their heads. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

There are approaches and exercises, with and without computers, that can enliven your math lessons.

You’ll likely find that the reward justifies the work of preparing and introducing them. After all, according many studies from as early as the 1960s, engaged students pay more attention and perform higher than disengaged ones.

Complete with a downloadable list to keep at your desk for quick reference, below are 20 fun math activities for students. Make math class more engaging by using the ones that best apply to you.

1. Read a Math Book

A teacher sits at a desk with two students, helping them read a book.

Show your students that reading engaging stories isn’t exclusive to language arts class.

There are many age-appropriate math books that effectively explain skills and techniques while providing exercises to help students understand content. For example, the Life of Fred series introduces and teaches essential math skills aligned with most elementary school curricula. The four books, each containing 19 lessons, present content through stories about cats, ice cream and other child-friendly subjects. With full answer keys, the series lends itself to practicing, reviewing or learning entire skills. You can find age- and topic-specific math books through a few Amazon searches or a brief bookstore visit.

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