Adult Basic Education Mathematics Activities & Student Worksheets
Updated 2014
Denise Reddington
NH Bureau of Adult Education MiniGrant
September 2008
Updated October 2014
Adult Basic Education Mathematics Activities & Student Worksheets Index
Introduction
Index 13
Math Can Be Fun 4
General Game and Activity Ideas 45
Blank MATHO Card 6
Whole Numbers
Place Value 789
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers 1011
Rounding Whole Numbers 121314
World Population Math Activity 1516
Exponents 1718
Order of Operations 1920
Wages and Word Problems 2122
Card Games: Place Value & Multiplication Facts 23
Fractions
Writing Fractions 24
Drawing Fractions 25
Mixed Numbers 2627
Equivalent Fractions 28
Using Cross Multiplication to Compare Fractions 29
OneHalf 303132
OneQuarter 33
Dice Digit Fractions 34
Decimals
Writing Decimals 35
Comparing Decimals 36
Rounding Decimals 3782
Activities Using Decimal Cards 3940
Percent, Ratio & Proportion
Writing Percents Plus 41
Percent to Decimal 42
Decimal to Percent 43
Fraction to Percent 44
Finding the Percent of a Number 4546
Store Discounts & Taxes 4748
Finding 10% of a Number 49
NH Meals Tax 50
The Percent Box Method 515253
Percent of Increase & Decrease 54
Ratios 55
Probability 56
How I Spend My Day Activity 57
Activities Using Fraction, Decimal & Percent Cards 585960
Data Analysis
Mean, Median & Mode 61
Using a Heat Index 6263
Wind Chill Chart 6465
Algebra
Understanding Integers 66
Make A Number Line 67
Using A Number Line 68
Ordering Integers 69
Race To Ten Game 70
Solving 1Step Equations 71727374
Solving Equations –Words 75
Evaluate Expressions 76
Using FormulasConvert Fahrenheit & Celsius 7778
Using FormulasFind Body Mass Index 7980
Algebra Matho 8182
Scientific Notation 8384
Geometry
Angles Vocabulary 85
Triangle Vocabulary 86
Geometry Words 8788
Test Formulas 89
Circle Formulas 909192
The Coordinate Plane 9394
Plotting a Patriotic Pair 95
Plotting Points Game 96
Blank Coordinate Grid 97
Calculator Fun
Upside Down Calculator 9899
Math Can Be Fun!
Math skills can be taught, practiced and reinforced in many different ways. There are a variety of alternatives to big text books and the giant lists of problems found in some workbooks. Math games and activities can be used in the Adult Education classroom to engage students in the learning process while having fun. Worksheets can easily be modified, used in a variety of ways and turned into activities. Examples of this can be found throughout this booklet.
Following is a summary of an article from Steve Sugar on “Ten of the Very Best Reasons for Using Classroom Games”. ( www.thegamegroup.com )

Games are fun with a purpose.

Games give the student and teacher immediate feedback.

Games provide an environment that transforms the passive student into an active part of the learning process.

Games engage players and motivate them to interact with the topic.

Games encourage collaborative learning and team work.

Games accelerate the rate of learning.

Games allow the teacher to be flexible and add variety to their lessons.

Games can be customized to any size class, even oneonone
General Game & Activity Ideas

One way of turning a worksheet into an activity is by playing MATHO.
Using the game sheet found on the following page, turn any worksheet into an activity. Write the answers to a worksheet (16 to 20 answers) on the board and have students copy the answers onto different squares on their game board. They then match the problem number on their worksheet with the answers on their game board by writing the answer in the circle.
Turn the worksheet into a game by having students work independently or in teams to be the first to get 4 matches in a row, column or diagonal or to be the first to match all the questions and answers.

Use index cards in a variety of ways
Write questions on one index card and the answers on another in a different color. Students may also want to do this part. In teams or independently, have students match questions with answers. They could also play “Concentration”. Depending on the topic, the teacher could also deal out the questions or the answer cards to students and have them match orally. The first one to get rid of their cards wins.

Play I HaveWho Has
This game can be played using a variety of different math topics. For example, to practice whole number computation and vocabulary, prepare index cards prior to the beginning of the activity. One card must be the “Begin Card”, start with that one. The rest of the cards must follow using problems that include one or more of the basic functions and the answer to another. Each card must connect to another. For example:
“Who has 10 x 10?” (this is the beginning card)
“I have 100, who has 100/10?”
“I have 10, who has 25 + 150?”
Etc……..
This game is fun to play with a small group, but could also be used independently. The student could match the cards in a line on the table. Students may also want to make their own set of cards.
The possibilities are endless.
The Matho Game sheet is on the next page. An example of how it’s used is on pages 74 –75 in the Algebra section.
MATHO
Place Value Chart
Name _____________________________



Date ___________________

Place Value
Write the place and the value of the underlined digit.
Place Value
Write each number in standard form.
1.

40 + 300 + 9,000 + 40,000



3.

2 hundreds 5 thousands 4 ones 9 tens


4.

eight thousand, six hundred eightythree


5.

fiftyeight thousand, five hundred eightynine


6.

5 ten thousands 9 ones 5 thousands





10.

six thousand, five hundred twelve


11.

sixteen thousand, nine hundred sixtyfive


12.

5 + 600 + 7,000 + 20,000




15.

6 tens 5 thousands 4 hundreds


16.

fortyone thousand, seven hundred seventytwo



18.

8 thousands 9 ones 7 hundreds 8 tens



20.

70,000 + 700 + 4 + 70 + 7,000


NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS
Arrange these numbers so that they answer the questions below:
1 3 5 7 2

Largest possible number ___________________
2. Smallest possible number___________________
3. Largest even number_______________________
4. Smallest even number______________________
5. Largest odd number________________________
6. Smallest odd number_______________________
7. Largest number divisible by 5 ________________
8. Smallest number divisible by 5 _______________
9. Largest number divisible by 3 ________________
10. Smallest number divisible by 3 _______________
1
3
5
7
2
1
Students can cut and manipulate the number squares above and use them as an aid to answer the questions.
NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS
Arrange these numbers so that they answer the questions below:
________________________ (Chose your own numbers)
1. Largest possible number ___________________
2. Smallest possible number___________________
3. Largest even number_______________________
4. Smallest even number______________________
5. Largest odd number________________________
6. Smallest odd number_______________________
7. Largest number divisible by 5 ________________
8. Smallest number divisible by 5 _______________
9. Largest number divisible by 3 ________________
10. Smallest number divisible by 3 _______________
1
Rounding Whole Numbers
Tip…. Put a dot over the number in the place you are rounding to. This is the number that will stay the same or go up one. Look at the number after the dot to decide. 5 or bigger and the number goes up, smaller than 5 and the number stays the same.

Round the following numbers to the nearest ten:

a) 89 _________

d) 514 _________

b) 2,673 _________

e) 97 _________

c) 265 _________

f) 2,753 _________


Round the following numbers to the nearest hundred:

a) 847 _________

d) 333 _________

b) 2,978 _________

e) 5,496 _________

c) 5,048 _________

f) 555 _________


Round the following numbers to the nearest thousand:

a) 14,389 _________

d) 9,520 _________

b) 29,610 _________

e) 56,239 _________

c) 3,492 _________

f) 89,743 _________


Round the following numbers to the nearest tenthousand:

a) 24,987 _________

d) 24,033 _________

b) 37,096 _________

e) 295,474 _________

c) 145,302 _________

f) 77,330 _________

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