The final weeks of the school year have arrived and finding ways to keep your kids actively engaged in the math classroom is more challenging than ever.

Having students work on math-related projects is a great way to keep their attention and break up the monotony of the normal classroom routine.

The following list of project ideas can be modified to appropriately challenge and engage math students at the elementary and middle school levels.

So, which project are you going to share with your kids?


1.) The Theme Park Project

by Jenna via www.musingsfromthemiddleschool.blogspot.com

Description: Students use area and perimeter skills to design the layout of the perfect theme park.

Image via musingsfromthemiddleschool.blogspot.com

Image via musingsfromthemiddleschool.blogspot.com


2.) The Ultimate Paper Airplane Competition

by Michael at www.thethinkerbuilder.com

Description: Working in groups, students must design and construct a paper airplane that can survive four rounds of performance tasks, including hang-time and distance.

Image via www.thethinkerbuilder.com

Image via www.thethinkerbuilder.com


3.) STEM Engineering Challenges

by www.frugalfun4boys.com

Description: Check out these 5 engineering challenges for kids. All challenges require the use of wooden clothespins, binder clips, and craft sticks!

Image via www.frugalfun4boys.com

Image via www.frugalfun4boys.com


4.) Pirate-Themed Escape Room

by Teresa at www.teacherspayteachers.com

Description: Your class has been captured by a group of swashbuckling pirates! They must use their math skills to escape. 

Image via www.gettyimages.com

Image via www.gettyimages.com


5.) STEM Parachutes

by Amy at www.allabout3rdgrade.com

Description: Design and construct a parachute that will stay in the air the longest.

Image via www.allabout3rdgrade.com

Image via www.allabout3rdgrade.com


Looking for fun ways to get your kids WRITING about math and science?


6.) Plan Your Dream Vacation

by Jennifer at www.loveteachingkids.com

Description: Students work in groups using a budget to plan all aspects of their dream vacation.

Image via www.loveteachingkids.com

Image via www.loveteachingkids.com


7.) Baseball Math Activity

by Anthony at www.youtube.com/mashupmath

Description: Use your math skills to find common batting and pitching statsistics of your favoirute players.

Image via www.mashupmath.com

Image via www.mashupmath.com


8.) Extreme Playground Makeover

by Jennifer at www.teachingtoinspire.com

Description: Modeled after the T.V. show, students are in charge of designing an extreme playground design using geometric shapes, elements, and properties.


Are YOUR kids ready for fun daily math challenges this summer?


9.) End of Year Reflection Infographic

by Brain Waves Instruction

Description: As the calendar year draws to a close, engage your students with this fun and creative personal reflection and infographic activity. 

Image via www.teacherspayteachers.com

Image via www.teacherspayteachers.com


10.) Outdoor Math Games

by www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com

Description: The fresh air and change of scenery can be just what children need to get excited about playing with and practicing math concepts.

Image via www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com

Image via www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com


Have any more ideas for awesome end-of-year math project ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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