January 2nd, 2020
It comes as no surprise that most students find mathematics boring due to the reason that teachers fail to bring innovation to the class. Mistakes that teachers often make is that they just ask the students to come and solve the problems on the board, which doesn’t develop any interest of the students towards mathematics. Therefore, following are various interactive activities that you, as a math teacher, can use to develop the interest of students in mathematics.
Even the sound of the word scavenger hunt is intriguing to students since it involves an interactive game through which they can learn mathematical problems instead of regular complex teaching methods. Scavenger hunt is an effective way to develop the interest of students in mathematics while simultaneously making it a fun and interesting activity. In a scavenger hunt, one clue leads to another. However in this case, the clues will act as math problems. In order to move forward in the game and to win the final prize, the students will have to put their minds together in order to solve the problems. This will surely make your math class more interesting and fun and maintain the interest of the students.
There are multiple ways through which you can involve the use of dice to make math fun. One of the most common math concepts to teach using dice is multiplication. Ask a student to roll two dice and then multiply the two numbers that showed up. You can even divide the students into teams and see which team rolls the dice and gets the most correct number of answers within a specific time slot. Another method is to make student roll and multiple and whoever gets the highest number when multiplying the two digits that showed up wins.
When it comes to mathematics, dice can be used in so many different ways. If you’ve to teach statistics or fractions related to multiplication, consider making students create their own math problems with the dice roll. Using dice they will construct fractions, basic problems of multiplication, and even word problems. This can also be a simple way to set up a homework assignment: during class, students roll the dice and take home the problems to solve them. Various board games that involve a dice can be used to teach mathematics as well.
Who doesn’t love to play Jenga, but has it ever crossed your mind that a simple and fun game like Jenga can be used to develop student’s interest in mathematics as well? The rules remain the same, there are 52 standard Jenga bricks but the twist is that each brick will have a math problem written on it. It can be of any type of mathematical problem including division, addition or even subtraction. The students have to remove the bricks carefully and then solve the math problem in order to keep it. When eventually the tower falls, the student with the most number of brick will win the game. This way students can both learn math and have fun playing Jenga.
Introduce real objects:
Visual learning is far better than verbal learning, especially for students who pick up concepts better in visual terms. When you introduce real objects in class, it helps develop the interest of the students instead of them running from traditional, complex methods of solving mathematical problems. You can bring in different shapes and object to teach them geometrical concepts. You can demonstrate addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division by using M&Ms, candies, buttons whatever objects helps you in better teaching. Visual learning will help the students grasp the basic concepts more quickly as compared to just writing and solving it on paper or board.
Another interactive activity that can be utilized to make mathematics more fun for students is playing the game ‘twister’. Twister is not only confined to having fun but can be used to teach mathematics as well. You can write math problems on the spinning wheel. Each color can be used for a different concept for example green can represent multiplication, red can represent addition, yellow can represent subtraction, and blue can represent division. The students will spin the wheel and solve the problem on which the needle stops. The answers to the problem will be written on the playing mat. If the needle land on 6×7. The answer ‘56’ will be written in the green column. This twisted game of twister will surely catch the student’s interest and make concepts easier to learn.
Mathematics with the help of flashcards can be used to also play a significant role in making math more interesting. Firstly, write differing types of math problems on a card and mix them up in a bag. Meanwhile, take another bag and put the answers in this one. In this way, if the first problems that come up are 72 ÷ 8, the student will now have to find the answers in the other bag. This is an activity that will develop students’ interest while improving their mathematic and concentration skills.
This is a game that most students play in classes when their interest deters from the subject being taught. Bingo can be another method to use as an interactive activity to make mathematics more fun. The rules of the bingo remain the same for this activity. However, in order to mark off a number, the student will first have to solve a mathematical equation. Which can be related to addition, multiplication, division, subtraction or even algebra. The answer they will end up with will be the number they’ll have to mark. This will develop your class’s interest in solving mathematical problems with increased student participation.
Students tend to learn more from real-life examples as compared to dry textbook examples. This can be done by taking your students out of the class and into the playground. You can teach them counting by showing them real-life examples like trees or cars, something that they will be able to relate to. Even if you can’t take them out of the class, there is always a window you can look out from. Math can be found in every aspect of our life. The key for teachers is to find ways help the students grasp concepts with a simpler perspective.
Games are not meant solely for entertainment purposes. There are various math games that you can find online to develop the interest of your students and to make it an interactive class. The students will surely enjoy this new method of learning mathematics. Take your time and surf through the internet to search for online math games and find a few that you can introduce in class that caters to your students’ age group and education level.
Dodging tables for the purpose of math learning can be established by dividing the students in class into different groups and then questioning those regarding mathematical problems. The group to answer the question first will get the point. This is a healthy competition that will allow students to develop their interest in mathematics. Dodging tables doesn’t have to be related to multiplication only. You can ask a question related to addition and other concepts as well.
Giving students authority:
Giving the students authority can also help develop interest towards the subject. There are various ways in which you can give your students authority so that they actively participate in class. This can be done by giving them a chance to come up with their own math problem, or even checking their own or each other’s math assignments. This way students can interact with each other without losing their interest in the subject. Instead of handing them regular assignments each time, you can come up with different question, fold them up, put them in a bag, shuffle them, and then ask each student to pick one. This change in the behavior will make the students believe that they have the authority making them have added interest in the class.
The purpose of the adding machine is that it consists of different numbers and options like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The student can design their own problem on the machine and then the machine will print that problem on the paper, giving students a feel of excitement and authority. It is a simple yet interesting way to get them engaged in the class.
An array is a systematic arrangement of similar objects, usually represented in rows and columns. They can also be used to teach multiplication. If you need to explain the 5×2= 10. All you have to do is to make 5 rows and 2 columns of any object or candy.
All activities that have been mentioned above are made to make the class more interactive and interesting. Competition in these activities doesn’t always have to be perceived in a negative manner, but rather an opportunity to learn. By integrating these activities in your math class, the rate of student participation is bound to increase. Another thing to remember is that rivalry in students doesn’t have to be just against another team or student. Some students learn to set goals for themselves and compete against their own selves and learn in the process. It’s not uncommon if a few students are taking a comparatively longer time to understand the concept; not every student moves at the same pace. However, these activities can be used so that students that have trouble learning in traditional methods can grasp concepts as well in one way or another.