Why should I plan interactive math activities?
Let’s make math fun and interactive. If you are wondering what an interactive lesson might look like, think about scavenger hunts, escapes, puzzles, mazes, games, and so much more! Find out why it is worth the effort to do these activities in your math classroom!
Help engage students in the learning process.
By allowing students to interact with the material, they are more likely to pay attention and remember the lesson. Students learn from DOING and one way to help guide their learning is to have manipulatives and interactive math activities.
When a student finishes an activity and says, “when can we do that again?”, you know it is a win! Here are some of my students’ favorite activities.
- Seasonal Math Coloring Activities – The students LOVE these, and they love seeing their work displayed around the classroom!
- Interactive Bulletin Boards – Use your bulletin board space for math. I love the idea of utilizing bulletin board space for an activity. Give the students the opportunity to stand up and work! I also love having an interactive multiplication table for the students to complete and use!
Use the activities as a reinforcement of lessons that are taught.
Use the activities to reinforce math standards and topics you taught in class. These activities reinforce these concepts in a fun and interesting way! Use stations like this basketball decimal review to review decimal operations. Instead of a study guide worksheet, students will complete puzzles, mazes, and even play an interactive basketball game to review! How much fun is that!?
Increase collaboration and teamwork!
By working together to solve problems and complete activities, students can build important skills such as communication and problem solving. The Common Core Standards Mathematical Practices #1 is “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.” What better way to address this practice that problem solving with peers!? Use activities that are challenging like escape activities or puzzle activities. Though these may not be word problems, they still require students to attend to a problem and persevere through completing the activities.
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