# Does anyone know of good math review games?

Jan 25, 2013 10:02am

I have a toolbox of review games that I use in the math classroom, but my residents and I were looking for some other options. Here are the ones we already use:

-Jeopardy
-Math Races
-Trashketball
-Math Feud (Family Feud)
-Fly Swatters

Does anyone have other suggested games that have worked great in the classroom?

• Math
• 6-12

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• Apr 26, 2013 9:13am

I used to facilitate Math Baseball with my students. Easier questions were worth a base hit and more challenging questions were worth a double, triple, etc. If a student got the problem wrong, the opposing team would "catch the ball" solve and try and get the correct answer. If the opposing team was correct, it would be an out for the batter.

• Apr 26, 2013 11:10am

We sometimes do "Around the Room" (I've heard other teachers refer to this as a Scavenger Hunt). Problems are posted around the room, and on top of each problem sheet is the solution to another problem posted somewhere else in the room. Students make their way around and are able to check their own work.
We also use stations - desks are arranged into groups of four, and each group is a station. Students move from station to station to complete problems (how you choose to structure it can vary, for example: students move from station to station in groups and work silently for the first 2 minutes and then together).
Hope these help!

• May 8, 2013 11:20am

I made up a game this year. Students are in rows. Everyone has a whiteboard and pen. I put a question on the document camera. Each row is a team. When the team members have the answer(that they arrived at individually at their desk) they go to a designated area assigned to each team and "discuss" or come to a consensus. After a total of 2-3 minutes everyone sits down again and I call out a seat number. Example"Seat 3" Then in every row the "seat three" student shows their answer simultaneously.They do not know ahead of time which seat I will choose. All right answers get a point. The 3 highest scoring teams get a 100% added to their grades. I played this game with 6th and 8th graders and they liked it enough to ask to play it again.

• Sep 19, 2013 10:20am

What a good question for discussion!
What we need to move towards is a classroom that finds opportunities throughout the unit or module sequence to check student understanding ongoing, instead of waiting right before the test. If we focus on a review before the test, we risk only storing information in short term memory rather than rooted in deep lasting understanding. Our focus must be on routine checking for understanding, identifying misconceptions, and setting students up for creating lasting understanding.
Focus on performance tasks along the way, rather than "the big test." :)

• Jan 30, 2013 7:59pm

Check out the other post for review games. You can find it by filtering by math topic only.

• Feb 24, 2013 9:17am

With my 4th graders, we typically played math baseball before a unit test. Certain questions were singles, doubles, etc. If there were not three outs before the entire line up had a turn, we automatically switched the team up at bat (answering questions). The team in the out field made an out by correctly answering a question that the team at bat solved incorrectly.

• Apr 27, 2013 1:58am

When I taught AP Calc a long time ago, I had students make questions in 14 categories for a game in which they have juniors play. I think in most games, you don't really learn anything, you either have learned it already and get the question right, or you don't know it and you can't answer the question. The best games are which the students have authority and autonomy to make the questions, which becomes a learning experience for them.

• May 6, 2013 9:15am

I have recommended mangahigh.com to my colleagues for a couple of years. It is free and will keep track of student progress. you can assign games if you load in student names. it covers a variety of topics and can be searched by topic or standard. It also has a variety of levels and can be accessed from anywhere that has internet access.
This works well for differentiated instruction.

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• May 6, 2013 9:16am

f you want a low tech game, we have also done versions of BINGO which we renamed MATHO. Let students make their own cards by providing answers on a sheet and they fill in one answer per square, I always have more answers than squares, so some will be left off. you have the problems on file cards (number your cards for ease of checking answers). Shuffle them and choose at random.
You give them the problem, they solve it and put the problem's number in the box by the answer. When 5 across, down, or diagonal are marked off the student says MATHO and you check their answers. We usually play for 1st, 2nd & 3rd lace winners with little prizes at stake: homework pass, special pencils, etc.

• May 9, 2013 7:13pm

ictgames.com online are great, especially the ones under splatmath. alligned to common core

• May 20, 2013 8:00am

If you have access to computers, PEMDAS Blaster on mangahigh.com is a game my students love for practicing basic math facts. Flower Power is a game for ordering fractions and decimals and is another that my students enjoy.

• Feb 11, 2014 1:06pm

Great, thanks!

• Feb 11, 2014 1:06pm

Thanks, Mike! We found this post helpful!

• Feb 13, 2014 1:23pm

i use a bingo subtracting game