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

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!

Image  via www.allabout3rdgrade.com

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.

Image via  www.loveteachingkids.com

Image via www.loveteachingkids.com


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!

Image via  www.mashupmath.com

Image via www.mashupmath.com


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.

Image via www.glimmersnaps.com

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.

Image via  www.fouroclockfaculty.com

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.


 
 

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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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10 Awesome End of Year Math Project Ideas

10 Awesome End of Year Math Project Ideas

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


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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


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 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


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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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