A Post By: Anthony Persico

The following list of math project ideas are perfect for keeping your students engaged during the final weeks of the school year (or at any other time as well). These activities can be adapted to all grade and ability levels and are included in my 21 Time-Saving Strategies, Activities, and Ideas All Math Teachers Should Know.

Looking For Math Project Ideas?

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

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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.) The Fraction Kit

by Anthony at www.youtube.com/mashupmath

Description: Help your kids gain a deeper understanding of equivalent fractions with this fun hands-on activity!

Click here to learn more about this fun activity!

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.

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

Do you have any more ideas for fun and engaging math project ideas to share with our community? Share your suggestions in the comments section below. Subscribe to our mailing list here to get more free daily resources, lessons, and tips in your inbox every week.

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Anthony is the lead educator and founder of Mashup Math. He lives in Denver, Colorado and is also a YouTube for Education partner. Follow him on Twitter at @mashupmath.


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