Over the years I have created dozens of printable math games and activities. I've curated these ideas for the classroom based on positive feedback I get from teachers I network with online, in webinars, or at education conferences.
These fun and impactful math printables will make distance learning a positive experience for students during the Coronavirus outbreak!
With the Math Land Fluency Board Games, kids will leave their concerns behind and enter a whimsical world of numbers. Math Land, similar to Hasbro® Candy Land™ , is a captivating fluency board game that's guaranteed to get students excited about using their math skills. This download comes with two game boards for each grade level!
Although originally designed to keep students who finish early progressing forward rather than sitting and waiting while their classmate are completing the work, these Early Finisher Math Kits are packed with worksheets that are perfect for engaging students in meaningful mathematical activities while learning remotely from home. Download these kits and share them with students and parents today!
Encourage students to spend an afternoon at home fishing for numbers with the Go Fish Place Value Math Game. This activity is a fun way for students to learn how to match different representations of the same number. The printable math game includes cards and a sheet for students to record their “Go Fish” matches.
While learning from home, kids can use the Geometry Concentration Math Game to practice matching basic geometry vocabulary terms with their corresponding geometric figures. This ready-to-go activity for grades K–3 contains four sets of cards.
Make sorting fractions a sweet task for students! The Candy Bar Fractions Activity will help students become confident in comparing and ordering fractions. Download and share this sorting activity where students sort candy-bar fractions by comparing them to the benchmarks of zero, one-half, and one whole.
To continue fraction learning at home while school is closed, I have two worksheets that get students adding fractions with models. With the Use Models to Add Fractions with Like Denominators Activity and the Use Models to Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators Activity students will use fraction strips and number lines to add fractions. These are great worksheets to share with parents because the solutions are also provided!
Another fun printable for elementary students to use at home is the Wild West Checkers Math Game. Using the idea of checkers, students complete two-digit addition or subtraction problems in order to advance to a certain square. To “jump” a piece or travel two squares, students must complete two of the problems. This printable math game includes student instructions and two game boards, one with addition and one with subtraction problems.
Next up is a colorful and rigorous math activity that will remind students of being back in the classroom. With the Crayon Lengths Line Plot Activity grades 4–6 students stuck learning at home will use their developing knowledge of fractions (halves, quarters, eighths), hone their ability to measure objects, and practice displaying and analyzing data using line plots!
April is National Poetry Month! With schools being closed due to the Coronavirus, teachers will need to provide parents and students with resources to celebrate. With the Number Bond Poetry Frames K–2 students write a short poem using the frame then write the number bond and an addition sentence to represent their poem. Here are a couple of examples of the poems students could write:
The next batch of printable supplemental worksheets I have available for download are some well-developed coordinate plane activities to help grades 5–6 students meet standards while doing school work remote. You will find these three Coordinate Plane Activities that focus on coordinate plane word problems from Progress in Mathematics are a great addition to your repertoire. Plus, the download includes the answer keys!
Teaching shapes and their attributes is an important part of early elementary education. Your grades K–2 students learning at home can continue to work on understanding the attributes of triangles with this Triangle Sort Activity.
Students learning from home can play the Fraction Flip Math Game to build their fraction sense! This simple game for grades 1–8 includes both rigorous mathematics and a sense of competition. Share this printable with your students working from home because of social distancing.
The Roll It! Write It! Tally It! Draw It! Expand It! Activity provides early elementary students with a fun way to practice their two-digit place value and expanded notation skills. Download and share it with parents and students.
Give your students working at home the opportunity to start every class for the next five days with practice applying their math skills in a real-world problem-solving context. These Problem-of-the-Day Math Exercises for grades 1–6 also include answer keys!
Earth Day (April 22) is a great way to interest students in how math can be used to understand the world around us. With the Earth Day Math Activities students in grades 6–7 will engage in data analysis and conversations that inspire higher-order thinking about the environment!
Elementary students develop important concepts when they combine or divide geometric shapes. As they work with any of several manipulatives or create drawings, they are setting the stage for learning about area, fractions, and proportions. Right now students can't be working with manipulatives inside the classroom, but kids can still work on the concepts of composing and decomposing shapes at home. Download the Ways to Make Plane Figures decomposing shapes worksheet with an answer key and share it with students.
Visual models and multiple representations of skills/concepts help students organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas. Parents at home overseeing their child's education while schools are closed may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the various mathematical concepts and models they are having to help navigate. At the same time, students are probably feeling overwhelmed when their parents can't answer a question and they realize they don't have easy access to their teacher. One way to help with some of the struggles that come along with remote learning are reference sheets! Download and share the various Visual Models and Representations Tip Sheets below!
Download the Visual Models and Representations to Show Addition Tip Sheet to share with students so they have something to reference outside of the classroom!
Download the Visual Models and Representations to Show Subtraction Tip Sheet to share with students so they have something to reference outside of the classroom!
Download and share the Visual Models and Representations to Show Multiplication Tip Sheet with students so they have something to reference outside of the classroom!
Download and share the Visual Models and Representations to Show Ratios Tip Sheet with students so they have something to reference outside of the classroom!