Do you struggle to find math resources that are engaging? Do you wish you could find fun math worksheets for high school students? This blog post will give you 5 ideas for new resources to try in your high school math class that are fun and engaging for your students!
1. Task Cards
A task card is basically a piece of paper about the size of an index card that has a problem or task on it. Math task cards usually have one math problem per task card.
Each task card will be labeled with a letter or number that coordinates with a student answer sheet. Include one question on each task card. Students will show their work and write the final answer for each question on their answer sheet.
Task cards can be a great way to get your students up and moving while they practice the skills they are learning. You can create printable task cards and post them around your room. Students will walk around to each task card and work each problem out on their answer sheet. For more ideas on how to use task cards, check out this blog post.
You can also easily make digital task cards using Google Forms. If you want to learn more about how to make digital task cards, check out this blog post!
2. Pixel Art
Pixel art is a great option for a self-checking digital resource. Using conditional formatting in Google Sheets, you will create an image that is revealed to students a little bit at a time as they answer questions correctly.
For a detailed guide on how to make pixel art resources, check out this blog post!
3. Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts are great activities because they are self-checking. Students will work through a series of problems and their answer to each question will lead them to the next question. If students make it back to their original problem after solving every other problem, they know they got them all correct!
Scavenger hunts can be printable resources or you can easily make them digital as well! You can use Google Forms and create a section for each question. Using multiple choice questions, you can send students to the next question/section based on the answer they choose.
Mazes are a great way for students to practice their skills. They are self-checking, so students will know immediately if they answered the questions correctly. As students solve one question, they will follow the arrows using the answer they got to lead them to the next question. If they make it to the end of the maze, they will know they got the correct answers!
Mazes can be super simple to create by making a template to use over and over again! Once you create a template for one maze, simply put new questions and answers in to make new mazes for different topics.
Mazes can also be made digital using Google Sheets or Google Slides. Just like with printable mazes, you can create templates for digital mazes to use again and again so that making new mazes is quick and simple!
5. Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are so fun and students love them, but they can be time consuming to create. They are either printable or digital activities that involve students solving a series of clues to discover a code that will allow them to “escape” from a room or “unlock” something.
Usually escape rooms have a fun story that explain to students what they are escaping from or unlocking, so you can be creative with coming up with a back story! I suggest starting out with something simple and then adding more details to the story each year.
Printable escape rooms usually involve some sort of manipulative for students to use as they solve the clues. These could be things like envelopes, locks, or lock boxes. Digital escape rooms are created using Google Forms and require students to enter the correct code to move to the next clue. Students will know they have solved each question correctly if their code allows them to escape!
Want to learn more?
I hope this information was helpful and that you are inspired to create a new type of resource for your students! If you want to learn more about how to create resources for your math classroom, sign up for my free training here!