The Adventure Edition of Math Teachers at Play

October 15, 2010

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Mixing play with learning math is so much more effective for my kids. So, here are some great ideas on how to take the “boring” out of learning math and make it an Adventure:

A Map –

Before setting out on a math adventure, first you’ll need some idea of how to get where you’re going:

I really like Denise’s idea and think it’s a great homeschool group or co-op activity:

Denise presents Alexandria Jones and the Mathematical Carnival posted at Let’s Play Math!, saying, “Although Alex and Leon are fictional characters, their adventure this month is based on a real Math Carnival. I put an ad (much like Alex’s blurb above) into our homeschool group newsletter. Two months later, we had a fun afternoon of math games, puzzles, and “mathemagic” tricks.”

Try drawing this cute ‘Gallon Man’ as a guide next time you teach unit conversions.  Rebecca Zook presents Gallon man to the rescue! posted at Math Tutoring Online.

Supplies –

When you need resources for your adventure:

Peter Rowlett presents Web resources for a 14 year old girl struggling with maths & confidence posted at Travels in a Mathematical World, saying, “I was asked for web resources for a 14 year old girl who is struggling with fractions and generally with maths confidence. So I asked Twitter. Here are the six resources people recommended.”

Maria Miller presents Resources for multiplication tables posted at Homeschool Math Blog.

The Journey

Enjoy the day-to-day math and learning goes so much better:

John Golden presents Playing Math posted at Math Hombre, saying, “About playing in math instruction, including a physical game for multiplication and volume and a pentagonal tessellation.”

Mimi Yang presents No more p’s and q’s! posted at I Hope This Old Train Breaks Down…, saying, “A different way to present laws of deduction.”

Getting Lost

Sometimes math gets pretty confusing:

John Chase presents Do Irrational Roots Come in Pairs? (Part 1) « Random Walks posted at Random Walks, saying, “I made a series of posts about irrational roots of polynomials, addressing the misconception that irrational roots of polynomials come in pairs. Follow-up posts: Part 2 & Part 3.

John Cook presents Math Fun Facts for iPhone along with Variations on factorial! posted at The Endeavour.


And the best math treasure is the child who ‘gets it’ and enjoys math while learning:

Becky Johnston presents On Prima Donnas and Rutabagas, and Fear, where her 4-year-old son is excited about the advanced math topics in “The Number Devil”, posted at Wide Open Campus.

Or you can use math in a quest for an actual treasure – the lottery:  Guillermo P. Bautista Jr. presents Using Mathematics to Win the Lottery posted at Mathematics and Multimedia .

I hope you enjoyed these articles as much as I did.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Please take a moment and spread the word a bit through your favorite media:  Twitter, Facebook, or your Blog.  Thank you!


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6 Comments so far

  1. mate12 January 2, 2011 12:04 am

    Mixing play with learning math is so much more effective for my kids. So, here are some great ideas on how to take the

  2. docmisty October 29, 2010 9:56 pm

    R. Harold,

    I totally agree. Isn’t it so much better and effective to learn when you’re having fun?


  3. R. Harold October 29, 2010 4:43 pm

    Great ideas! The best kind of learning is when you are having fun at the same time.

  4. docmisty October 15, 2010 10:03 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it. I definitely got some good ideas! Thanks!


  5. Becky October 15, 2010 8:09 pm

    Thanks for including my post as part of the carnival . . . enjoying checking out the other posters and digging deeper into the world of mathplay.

  6. Rebecca Zook October 15, 2010 12:27 pm

    Thanks for all the work you put in to this carnival! I’m happy to be included and I am looking forward to reading the other entries!


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