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Students play a paper-based version of the Game of Nine Cards. Learn more at

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Math, Fun, and Games?: Yes, Way!
What are the benefits of playing games? How do choose a good game? These tips offer reasons to support the use of game-play and questions that might help you determine the value of a math game.

Families Ask: Games in School
Keep families updated on contemporary topics in the classroom and give them ideas of how to best support their children’s mathematical development at home. This journal article addresses how games can be useful tools to help students learn math concepts.
Challenge yourself. Challenge others.
Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge opponents from anywhere in the world. At the same time, students are able to challenge themselves by investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
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Illuminations provides Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. This webpage highlights a collection of lessons and activities focused on teaching and learning with games, along with ready-to-use materials for classroom use.
Student Explorations in Mathematics
is intended as a resource for grades 5-10 students, teachers, and teacher educators. View past issues that used games as a venue to interest students and teach mathematical content.
KenKen is a logic puzzle that involves arithmetic. Similar to Sudoku, KenKen will exercise your mind as you fill in the blanks. Pick your poison — easy or hard, only addition or all four operations. Check in for the puzzle of the day!


The school journals are member benefits of NCTM, chock full of resources for students, teachers, and teacher educators. Access a collection of archived articles that make use of games for teaching mathematics by clicking on each of the covers below.
Access an archive of articles on games from Teaching Children Mathematics, a resource for elementary school students, teachers, and teacher educators.
Access an archive of articles on games from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a resource for middle school students, teachers, and teacher educators.
Access an archive of articles on games from Mathematics Teacher, a resource for high school students, teachers, and teacher educators.


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