How to Learn Math Through Play

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Learning math through play is something that you can do through a number of different games like mathketball. Learn math through play with help from an experienced mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija, and today I'm going to show you how to learn math through play. So a game that I love that I play in my class is called mathketball. And what mathketball is is a game that should probably be played with two teams of about four students on each side, no more than that. And the way mathketball works is that on the board there should be either two separate boards or you can split your one board in to two. You would have one team on the left, one team on the right and one student from each team goes to the board and they do the same math problem that you shout out. The nice thing about this is that you can pair the students up without them knowing by level. So if the first two students going up are two of your lower level students, you can put up something easy on the board like x plus two equals five. So you shout out this equation, x plus two equals five and the two students get to work at the same time. Whoever comes up with the solution, three, first gets to shoot for an extra point. So I would give this team a point on the board and then they also get a basketball which is actually just some rolled up scrap paper and they shoot it in the garbage from a designated area in your classroom and if they make it, then they get an extra point. So it's just that extra little bit of motivation because most of the students love basketball or at least love throwing things to get the problem right so that they can get to shoot for that extra point. So that's one game that you can play to help with math.

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