Math 3-6

Systems Change


Math games allow students to practice many math skills in a fun, applied context. By engaging students' Attention, these games can encourage students to develop meaningful connections with the content and lead to positive experiences with learning math.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher explains the different types of math games she uses for math learning. Through hands-on activities, students build math skills, like Arithmetic Fact Retrieval, and develop a love for math.

  • Games can be a fun way to increase fluency for Arithmetic Fact Retrieval, but teachers can also introduce students to games that target deeper understanding of Number Sense, Operations, Algebraic Thinking, or Geometric Reasoning. These more complex games can target students' Mathematical Flexibility skills as they tackle problems with different strategies and abstract concepts.
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    Learn how Blokus challenges learners to win the strategy board game by practicing their Spatial Skills. This game requires the use of geometric, spatial, and problem solving skills.

  • Math games on computers have great potential to improve students' proficiency in math. For example, research has shown that using computer manipulatives to solve geometric puzzles improves students' Geometric Reasoning and Spatial Skills.