Math teachers are always on the look out for ideas to make their subject more approachable and enjoyable for students. One such idea that many teachers have used with success is math bingo. This offers a interesting way for students to practice different types of mathematical problems, while having a little fun a long the way. What is more, it is not expensive, does not require specialist materials, and is flexible enough to be adapted to teaching a wide variety of different mathematical topics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rounding, fractions and decimals.
The way that the game is played:-
1. Before class, the teacher chooses a series of math problems on the chosen topic. Each problem should have a different answer, and you need at least 24 (but preferably a bit more than 24, perhaps 50) such problems.
2. Each student is given a bingo card. The cards contain a random selection of answers to these problems (rather than the usual bingo numbers),
3. You now play bingo in class, with the teacher playing the part of bingo caller. However, instead of just calling out numbers, the teacher reads out the math problems. Students then solve the problem and try to find the corresponding number on their card. The problems can be as easy or hard as the teacher wants. For example, a multiplication problem could be a times table type question or a long multiplication. Likewise a fraction question might require converting from one denominator to another, or from a decimal into a fraction.
The key requirement to play these games is of course a bingo card for each student. These need to be specially prepared depending on the topic being taught. Fortunately, there's no need for the teacher to spend a lot of time manually writing out lots of bingo cards - a PC and bingo card generator software can print as many cards as you, containing whatever types of items you want, in just a few minutes.