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10  Awesome End of Year Math Activities for Grades 1-8

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10 Awesome End of Year Math Activities for Grades 1-8

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Looking for Effective and Easy End of Year Math Activities?

The final weeks of the school year have arrived and keeping your students engaged in learning math is no easy task.

You can mix up your instruction and keep your students interested in learning math by incorporating a few awesome end of year math activities and projects into your upcoming lesson plans.

The following end of year math activity ideas are perfect for implementing during the final weeks of the school year, an extremely hectic time when sticking to your usual routine is nearly impossible.

And each end of year math activity is easy to modify to best meet the needs of your students! The activities can be modified for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

So, which end of year math activity will you share with your students this spring?

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1.) Math Book Report

Description: Standard math curriculums hardly ever make time for students to actually read about math. The end of the school year is the perfect time to give your students an opportunity choose a book about math and create and share a book report.

One option is to have your students research a famous mathematician. I also like having students choose a math-related fiction book, like any of the ones included on this list of 13 STEM Fiction Books Your Kids Will Love.

There are tons of excellent math-fiction books available for students of all grade levels.

There are tons of excellent math-fiction books available for students of all grade levels.


2.) Tessellation Project

by GeometryCoach.com

Description: This project blends elements of the history of math, geometry, and art/design into an engaging learning experience where students use mathematical thinking to manipulate shapes to create “Escher tiles” and use them to create geometric works of art!

Tessellation Monsters via  www.artwithmrsnguyen.com

Tessellation Monsters via www.artwithmrsnguyen.com


3.) Barbie Bungee

Description: The Barbie Bungee data collection activity may be the most underrated math activity ever. Ideal for pre-algebra students, this activity gives students a fun and engaging opportunity to make predictions, collect real-world data, and then analyze the results within the context of their initial hypothesis. This activity is even endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), who share free lesson resources for any teacher interested in trying the Barbie Bungee in their classroom.


4.) Escape Room!

Description: Classroom ‘escape room’ lessons are growing in popularity. Why? Because classroom escape rooms boost student excitement and engagement while helping your kids apply and improve their mathematical problem-solving skills.

If you are new to the idea of classroom escape rooms (sometimes called breakout challenges), check out this blog post So You Want to Build a Classroom Escape Room… by We Are Teachers.

Are you ready to turn your classroom into an escape room for a day?

Are you ready to turn your classroom into an escape room for a day?


5.) The Parachute Project

by Amy at www.allabout3rdgrade.com

Description: Students use their math skills to design and build a parachute that will stay in the air the longest. This STEM activity is a great opportunity for math and science teachers to collaborate—and it’s a great activity to do outdoors!

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Image via www.allabout3rdgrade.com


Are YOU looking for some super fun daily math puzzles for your students in grades 3-8? Our best-selling 101 Daily Math Challenges workbook is now available as a PDF download!


6.) Plan and Budget Your Dream Vacation

by Jennifer at www.loveteachingkids.com

Description: Students are given a budget and have to work groups to plan all aspects of their determined “dream vacation.” This end of year math activity allows students to learn more about budgeting, personal finance, and real-world math applications. Aside from vacation planning, this activity can be modified to budgeting things like personal finances, events, starting a business, etc.

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7.) Build Fraction Kits

by Anthony at www.youtube.com/mashupmath

Description: Many students struggle with fractions and never really grasp the important concepts. Whether you want to help fortify your students’ understanding of fractions before the school year ends or you want to expose them to fractions a little early, this simple hands-on activity is highly effective and is definitely worth giving a shot!

Click here to get your Free Fraction Kit Lesson Guide!

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8.) Area and Perimeter Architecture

By Glimmersnaps Homeschool

Description: Students explore and apply the concepts of area and perimeter by building a city using LEGO bricks! This hands-on activity is another great example of how math teachers can use LEGO to teach challenging concepts.

If you don’t have access to Lego bricks, check out this free STEM: Area and Perimeter City activity guide by teachbesideme.com.

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Image via www.glimmersnaps.com


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-Christina R., 5th Grade Math Teacher, Dallas, TX

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9.) Year End Reflection Activity

by Brain Waves Instruction

Description: In this activity, students take time to reflect on what they learned in math this past school year, what challenges they overcome, and how they’ve grown as problem solvers. This activity is perfect for teachers who have students complete a math portfolio over the course of the school year.

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Image via www.fouroclockfaculty.com


10.) Math Puzzles and Brain Teasers

Description: The end of the school year is a great time to let your students apply their mathematical problem-solving skills to fun puzzles, brain teasers, and challenge questions.

You can access dozens of free math puzzles for all grade levels by visiting our Free Math Puzzles page.


 
 

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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Can Your Students Solve these Avengers Math Puzzles? (Grades 3-9)

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Can Your Students Solve these Avengers Math Puzzles? (Grades 3-9)

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Avengers: Endgame is currently the most popular movies in the world right and arguably the most excited super hero movie ever made!

And it's probably no secret that your kids love the movie's featured superheroes like The Hulk, Thor, Captain Marvel, Ironman, Black Panther, and Spiderman! 

So, why not channel your students' enthusiasm for the Avengers into fun math learning experiences with 5 free Avengers-themed math puzzles for grades 3-9?

Working on math puzzles gives your students an opportunity to think critically and deeply about mathematics, develop problem-solving strategies, and work through challenging problems—plus they’re super fun!

These free and printable Avengers math activities make excellent warm-up and/or cool-down activities. They can also be used to supplement your lessons and as homework or extra credit assignments. No matter how you choose to incorporate these Avengers math activities into your lessons, you will surely see your student engagement reach super levels!

How to Download: You can download any of the puzzles by right-clicking on the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping it to your desktop.

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1.) Find the value of the '?'

Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Iron Man = 13

Hulk = 13

Captain America = 3

Spider Man = 6

Groot = 2

? = 29

Hint: Since Iron Man and Hulk are equal to each other, they are interchangeable.

 

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2.) Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Iron Man = 1

Captain America = 3

Hulk and Spiderman = 7

Avengers Logo = 21

Thor = 6

Shield = 14

Groot = 2

Looking for more free math challenges like this one to share with your kids? click here

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3.) Multiplication Area Model

Area models help kids to think visually about multiplication, which is the approach that Mathematical Mindsets author Jo Boaler recommends most for improving math understanding.

Iron Man = 120

Hulk = 20

Spider Man = 10

Groot = 6

Captain America = 40


Are YOU looking for some super fun daily math puzzles for your students in grades 3-8? Our best-selling 101 Daily Math Challenges workbook is now available as a PDF download!

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


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4.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? (simple)

Remember that WODB? activities are meant to spark mathematical thinking and discussion and do not have a single correct answer.

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5.) Which One Doesn't Belong?  (intermediate)

Want to learn more about how to use WOBD? math activities with your kids? click here

Tip: Have your kids justify their thinking in writing!


Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-8 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


How will you use these math puzzles with your kids? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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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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11 Super Cute and Funny Math Jokes and Puns for Students

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11 Super Cute and Funny Math Jokes and Puns for Students

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Are you looking for some funny math jokes and math puns to share in your classroom with your kids?

Check out these super cute (and super funny) math jokes and share some math humor with your kids today:

1.) What do you call a group of dudes who love math?

Alge-bros!

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2.) Did you hear about the mathematician whose afraid of negative numbers?

He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

3.) Why was the number 6 afraid of the number 7?

Because 7 “ate” 9!

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4.) Are Halloween monsters good at math?

Not unless you Count Dracula.

5.) Why should you never start a conversation with Pi?

Because he’ll go on and on forever.

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Image Source: offthemark.com

6.) Why was the number 7 so over his job?

Because he couldn’t even.

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Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


7.) Why did the student feel like life was pointless?

Because she didn’t take Geometry yet!

8.) Why is it such a shame that parallel lines have so much in common?

Because they’ll never meet!

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9.) There is a fine line between a numerator and a denominator…

But only a fraction would understand.

10.) Why do plants hate math?

Because it gives them square roots.

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11.) Why did the student get upset when her teacher called her average?

It was a ‘mean’ thing to say!

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Did we miss your favorite math joke, math pun, or math humor idea? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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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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Idea: How to Engage Your Students at the Start of Any Lesson

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Idea: How to Engage Your Students at the Start of Any Lesson

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Capturing your students interest and curiosity during the first few minutes of class is the key to keeping them engaged for your entire lesson.

But not all math warm up activities are created equally.

Math teachers miss out on activating their students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills when they assign routine, lower-level practice problems during the first five minutes of class.

However, when you use the right mix of fun and though-provoking math warm up activities to start your lessons, student engagement spikes, as your kids will constantly be wondering about what is coming next.

You probably already have some awesome math warm up activities—like Which One Doesn’t Belong? and Think-Notice-Wonder—in your tool belt. But if you’re looking for another great strategy for mixing up your instruction and engaging your students, then get ready for:

Two Truths and One Lie!

I recently started using Two Truths and One Lie (2T1L) activities, where students are presented with three mathematical statements (only two of which are true) and they have to identify which statement is a lie and justify why their choice is correct. The results? Pretty amazing. 2T1L taught me that my students love to argue and state their case (in small groups or to the whole class).

In short, 2T1L is a fun way to spark deep mathematical thinking and open discussion at the start (or end—2T1L activities make great exit tickets) of any lesson.

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What topics/grade levels are 2T1L activities best suited for?

2T1L activities can be used for all grade levels and topics. The graphics should be topic/lesson specific and can include graphs, charts, and diagrams.

 

Here are some grade-level specific samples:

Imagine how your students would react to starting class with one of the following activities.

  • What kind of creative and mathematical thinking would spark?

  • What kind of small or large group discussions would occur?

  • How would a spike in engagement effect the remainder of the lesson?

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Are you ready to give it a try?

Here are a few more free samples that you can download and share with your kids (right-click to download each graphic and save it to your computer):

Looking for more for grades 3, 4, & 5? Download your 101 ‘Two Truths and One Lie!’ Math Activities for Grades 3, 4, & 5 eBook!

Looking for more for grades 6, 7, & 8? Download your 101 ‘Two Truths and One Lie!’ Math Activities for Grades 6, 7, & 8 eBook!

Looking for more?

You can now share 101 Daily Two Truths & One Lie! Math Activities for Grades 3, 4, & 5 OR Grades 6, 7, & 8 with your kids with our brand new PDF workbooks!


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Do you have experience using 2T1L activities with your math students? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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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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Why is GEMS the Best Way to Teach Order of Operations?

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Why is GEMS the Best Way to Teach Order of Operations?

Students who master the order of operations at a young age have a much better chance of excelling at higher levels of math than those who don't.

Many teachers rely on teaching the order of operations using popular PEMDAS. mnemonic (and the played-out Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally catchphrase).

But many students fail to ever grasp a true conceptual and procedural understanding of how to correctly apply the order or operations, and PEMDAS is the likely culprit.

The following video shows you a more effective strategy for teaching the order of operations and it includes a free reference sheet and practice worksheet (keep reading to access the video and resources). The video focuses on using the GEMS mnemonic instead of PEMDAS and answers the following questions:

-Why is PEMDAS bad?

-What does GEMS stand for in order of operations?

-Why is GEMS more effective than PEMDAS when teaching order of operations?

Click Here to download your free GEMS REFERENCE GUIDE AND WORKSHEET.

Learning Standard: 3rd Grade Operations and Algebraic Thinking

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

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Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.3

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Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.

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By Anthony Persico

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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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