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Upper Elementary & Middle School Math Games

Math Teachers, Look No Further! 42 printable math games for upper elementary and middles school students, easy-to-setup for any math class


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What is a Math File Folder Game?
A Math File Folder Game fits in a folder making it easy to use and ready at a moment's notice. Very few other items are required. You'll need to construct or reproduce the included game boards and have playing cards and dice handy. A few games use other types of geometric manipulatives that are standard items in most elementary and middle school classrooms.

Here's what some teachers have said so far:

I feel like I just hit the jack pot! Thank you for this great resource! - Hodges Herald

I'm soo glad to find folder games for middle school! - Hannah Wyss

Contains some great resources for intermediate math centers! - Isabel Loveluck

Wow, what a great deal! The games are fantastic and simple to learn! - Teaching the Gifted

I have only used three of the games from this pack and my kids ask for more. So much fun and learning wrapped into one product! Well done and thank you! - Teachercynzg

I am so glad to see these for older students! Thank you so much for sharing. - Amy Allen

This is a great assortment of games that are fast and two the point and provide conversation between students about the topic. - tejackson

This is an awesome resource! - menordman

The games have been a great hit with the class. Many thanks! - amberlo0

Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful resource! Great way for the kids to review concepts. - mrspjam

Excellent resource and a lot of fun for the students. - ebrance

Thanks for making up these games. It has saved me many hours of making learning fun for the students. - 1234n

I was looking for games for my high kiddos as I have lots of games for my on grade level and below. This fit my needs perfectly! Thank you! - kwong331

EXCELLENT resource! Each game is quick and easy- can be done as a anticipatory activity and/or closing activity. Thank you! - Karen Vallone

Students really enjoyed using these games. Have only used a few but the overall response was 100% positive. - Brianna B

 

Middle School Math Games

This value-packed book contains 42 math games that will give your students so much fun they'll forget they're actually learning mathematics! But don't be fooled. Just because games are exciting doesn't mean that they're not built upon solid educational benefits.

Here are ten benefits that these great Math File Folder Games provide:

  1. Children are motivated to play games so they choose to actively participate and enjoy playing. While they're playing, learning comes easier to them.
  2. Games provide engaging ways to apply the new mathematical skills they're learning.
  3. Because these games reduce the fear of failure, they help kids build their math self-confidence and reduce their math anxiety.
  4. Games provide opportunities for trying out different types of problem-solving strategies and for increasing number sense.
  5. Compared to more formal types of classroom activities, games provide an environment where children can interact with each other and increase their abilities to work and play as a team.
  6. Games give students ways to interact at different levels of ability. One child might be just learning a new concept, another may be deepening his or her understanding, a third might be synthesizing previously learned concepts, and a fourth might be reviewing prerequisites for upcoming materials.
  7. As a teacher or parent observes students playing and making choices, he or she can detect areas where students are having difficulty with specific concepts.
  8. Math games give students the chance to play hands-on as they interact with manipulatives that will help them to understand mathematical principles more readily.
  9. By working independently of the teacher, students use the rules of the game and their own motivation to stay focused to achieve their goal--winning the game!
  10. The basic architecture of these math games is common to so many cultures that children who are struggling with their English language skills can still participate.

In addition to all these great benefits, kids will learn basic skills, problem solving, and critical thinking across a wide variety of mathematical topics: measurement, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

Here are some of the specific topics covered:

congruence, similarity, perimeter, area, volume, linear measurement in standard and metric units, generating and analyzing patterns and relationships, practice and strategy with the four basic operations, understanding of fractions, both equivalence and ordering, modeling with mathematics, relationships between 2-D and 3-D objects, probability models, greatest common factor, least common multiple, prime factorization, ratio, proportion, and percent, liquid volumes, classification of angles, graphing on a coordinate plane, complementary and supplementary angles, rules for divisibility, operations with integers and rational numbers, absolute value, integer exponents, radicals, one variable equations, Pythagorean Theorem, statistical variability and measures of central tendency

Math File Folder Games also offer teachers another benefit. They align to the US Common Core Standards and Common Core Mathematical Practices.

How to Make Games Successful in Your Classroom

  • Choose games that match your current classroom objectives.
  • Don't just use games to fill time. Integrate them as part of your regular lesson planning.
  • Customize the game to fit the level of your students and then revise the rules to challenge them. This book includes adaptation ideas for all 42 games.
  • Pick one of the simpler games to send home as part of a regular homework assignment.
  • Try different numbers of players--two, four, and team groups.

By using Math File Folder Games at home or in your classroom with your upper elementary, middle school, or high school kids, you can provide them with hours of fun-filled learning time. And the best part is you'll get into the spirit and enjoy yourself, too!
Middle School Math Games

42 Middle School Math Games


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42 Printable Math Games

Common Core Mathematical Standard

Note: Most of these math games can be modified and used with different grade levels.

Picture 1

(1) Entrapment

8.G Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
8.G.1
8.G.2
8.G.3

 

Picture 1

(2) Around and In

3.MD
Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.

8. Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.

Picture 2(3) Estimate 'N Measure

1.MD Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.

2.MD Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

Picture 2(4) Construction

4.OA Generate and analyze patterns.
5. Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.

 

Picture 3

(5) 5 Dice

3.OA Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.

3.NBT Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

5.OA Write and interpret numerical expressions.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Picture 3(6) Fraction Switch

3.NF Develop understanding of fractions
as numbers.

4.NF Extend understanding of fractional equivalence and ordering.

 

Picture 4

(7) Fraction Relay

3.NF Develop understanding of fractions
as numbers.

4.NF Extend understanding of fractional
equivalence and ordering.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

Picture 4(8) Getting in Shape

G-GMD Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three- dimensional objects.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

 

Picture 5(9) Swap Meet

4.OA Generate and analyze patterns.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
7. Look for and make use of structure.

 

Picture 5(10) Spin to Win

7.SP Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

 

Picture 6(11) Factors

6.NS.4 Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
7. Look for and make use of structure.

 

Picture 6(12) Boxes

7.G Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with mathematics.

 

Picture 7(13) Half N Half

3.NF Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

4.NF Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

 

 

Picture 7(14) Flip

6.RP Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with mathematics.

 

Picture 8(15) In Your Prime

6.NS Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

 

Picture 8(16) Pattern Detective

5.OA Analyze patterns and relationships.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
7. Look for and make use of structure.

 

Picture 9(17) Not So Common Multiples

6.NS Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

 

 

 

Picture 9(18) So Very Close!

3.MD Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.

5. MD Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.

6. G Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

 

Picture 10(19) Tangled Angles

4.G Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

 

 

 

Picture 10(20) Triplet

7.SP Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

 

Picture 11(21) All the Same to Me

3.NF Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

4.NF Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Picture 11(22) Above 'n Below Battleship

5.G Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

8.F Define, evaluate, and compare functions.

 

 

Picture 12(23) Divisibility Rules

4.OA Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.

6.NS Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

 

 

Picture 12(24) Being Complementary

4.G Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

Common Core Mathematical Practices
6. Attend to precision.

 

Picture 13(25) Grid Lines

5.G Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

 

 

 

 

Picture 13(26) Percentage Snap

6.RP Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

 

 

 

Picture 14(27) Integer Addition

7.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with mathematics.

 

Picture 14(28) Power Roller

6.EE.1 Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
1. Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.

 

 

Picture 15(29) Integer Challenge

7.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with mathematics.

 

Picture 15(30) Switch

6.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

7. Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.

 

 

Picture 16(31) Tangram Chess

8.G Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.

 

 

 

Picture 16(32) The Chance You Take

7.SP Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

 

Picture 17(33) Equation Rummy

6.EE Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
7. Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
4. Model with Mathematics

Picture 19(34) Square Deal

8.EE Work with radicals and integer exponents.

 

 

 

Picture 18(35) Four in a Row

4.OA Generate and analyze patterns.

5.G Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

7.EE Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

 

Picture 17(36) Equation Wipe-Out

6.EE Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
7. Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.

 

 

Picture 19(37) Ordered Fractions

3.NF Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

4.NF Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

 

 

Picture 18(38) Pythagorean Rules

8.G Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
7. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.
8. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.

Common Core Mathematical Practices
6. Attend to precision.

Picture 20(39) Substitution Cross-Off

5.G Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

6.EE Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.

Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
7. Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.

Picture 20(40) The Mean Game

6.SP Develop understanding of statistical variability.

 

 

 

Picture 21(41) Target Game

6.RP Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

6.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

 

 

Picture 21(42) Unlucky Zeros

7.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

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