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9 Back to School Activities To Get Students Excited About Mathematics

By |2022-09-30T01:00:30+00:00August 25th, 2022|Categories: Educators|

One of the best ways to get students’ brain juices flowing after a long school break is through fun, and adopting a variety of learning activities that students enjoy.

To help you break the ice this new school term, here are 9 out-of-the-box math(s) activity ideas.

1. Start A Math(s) Journal

Journal writing is a great way to encourage students to learn.

Math(s) journals can be used in two ways – for students to articulate what they are learning. For example, they can record their work and write their strategies, thought processes and solutions to a specific problem.

Journals can also be used as a creative and safe writing space for students to explore their perceptions of their surroundings and their relationship with the subject. It also helps teachers understand their attitudes about math(s) at a more in-depth level.

2. Is it Math(s) or Magic?

Maths Multiplication Tricks

Kids love magic. Role play with your class and tell them they are going to be ‘mathematicians’ for the day.

Show your students these fun and easy to learn multiplication tricks.

Encourage them to show their new ‘tricks’ to their parents when they get home.

3. Unleash Their Inner Mathletes

Conduct a mini ‘mathaton’ by combining mathematics with simple physical activities.

Hold a race relay with simple mental sums outdoors.

Or create different math(s) stations where students need to hop, run or jump from one station to the next. Use props like balls and hoops.

You can also use this opportunity to teach students how mathematics is used as a scoring system in various sports.

Here’s another fun idea, combining learning with competitive games with a round of Live Mathletics!

Live Mathletics

In Live Mathletics, learners can challenge with a bot, peers from the same class or school, in a real-time 60-second quiz that puts their mathematics fluency to the test.

Learning is self-directed as there are different levels students can choose from. They can attempt higher levels for that extra challenge, or do the same levels again until they’re happy with their scores.

Excite your classroom with Mathletics! Try Live Mathletics for free with a 30-day school trial.

4. Conduct A ‘Live’ Interview with An Expert

Reach out to researchers or professors in your local University in the math(s) or STEM industry. Get students to be journalists for the day.

Don’t have time or can’t find an expert in these fields? You can always invite a parent from your class and get them to share how they use math(s) in their work and why it’s important.

Women in different STEM jobs

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5. Let’s Get Crafty

Art is a great medium to get students to learn about shapes and geometry.

  • Create their own tessellations
  • Explore symmetry with simple origami
  • Make symmetrical paper cut-outs

For older students:

  • Draw shapes using parabolic curves
  • Create Fibonacci art with circles

Or provide students with mathematics tools like a ruler, compass and protractor and see what they come up with.

6. Create Your Own Math(s) Song or Jingle

Put a musical spin on mathematics by transforming a famous childhood or pop song into a song about shapes, graphs, or statistics!

Need some inspiration for your next mathematical hit? We found a playlist of mathematics rap songs by students and teachers from Westerville South Highschool and were in awe of their music videos!

Our top pick has got to be this one – All I Do Is Solve (Systems)

Mathletics also has informative videos and fun catchy songs such as Times Tables Toons. Play it in class and let your students sing along and count their way through the multiplication tables!

7. Nominate A Class Math(s) Champion

Besides having a class monitor or representative, nominate a student to be the class ‘math(s) champion’.

Their role? To assist teachers during mathematics class and help foster positive attitudes when it comes to learning math(s).

You can assign them minor duties and responsibilities to give them a sense of ownership.

For example, at the end of the month, the champion gets to share a fun trivia with the class or something they’ve learnt.

8. Who’s Your Math(s) Hero?

Have a show and tell with the topic, “Who’s your mathematics hero”.

Get students to share their math(s) role model and encourage them to share why.

Everyone has one. Your mother, friend, father, sister, brother or teacher – it can be anyone.

You may even start the ball rolling by sharing your inspirational figure.

9. It’s time for… Mathamania!

Pick a month to celebrate all things mathematics and give it a name. Discuss with your students what other math(s) related topics they wish to learn and plan fun activities and projects.

Did you know, there’s a World Maths Day every year? Stay tuned to the next World Maths Day in March 2023 to join in the fun and celebration of learning.

World Maths Day Winner 2021 and 2022 Evan Luc-Tran

Related read: Meet Two-Time World Maths Day Winner with A Passion for Acting

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