Math Memory Games for the Classroom

Posted on January 09, 2020

Math Memory Games for the Classroom

Memory Game Example

After attending a PD session at UT Austin, I was amazed to find out just how beneficial a simple memory game can be in my classroom. According to J. Schell and J. Porter in Applying the Science of Learning to Classroom Teaching, retrieval practices can triple students' abilities to retain content knowledge and also access that knowledge in the future. They stated retrieval practice occurs when students recall something in their mind and noted research showed this process has a more powerful effect on students than when they are just rehearsing or reviewing material. Our Math Memory Games are the perfect activity to incorporate retrieval practice in your classroom, thus helping your students master the content you are presenting them. (Schelle & Porter, 2018)

Our Math Memory Games are structured so that all of the question and answer cards are mixed together and then placed into a grid pattern on the students' desks. Students take turns flipping over two cards at a time with the intention of matching up a question card with its corresponding answer card. If the cards match, they are removed from the grid and count as points for that student, but if not they are turned back over. The game continues until all cards are matched up. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Each Math Memory Game can be played individually, or in small groups of students. Either form of play is beneficial and will achieve the goal of students practicing recall. Our Memory sets include 15 Question Cards, 15 Answer Cards, and a Teacher Answer Sheet for your reference.

In practicing this activity in my own classroom, I have found this game to be extremely effective in my upper level math classes when I use it on topics that are hard for most students to grasp initially and concepts that differ from other material we have learned in our course (the outliers in my standards). An example being, it worked wonders when my AP Calculus students were learning differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions.

Let's dive into a few examples of these marvelous retrieval practice activities:

Calculus Derivatives: Inverse Trig Math Memory Game

Derivatives Inverse Trig Derivatives Math Memory Game includes all you need to play an exciting game of Memory and review Inverse Trigonometric Derivatives at the same time! Students will be differentiating Inverse Sine, Cosine, and Tangent functions while also applying the Chain Rule.

Inverse Trig Math Memory Game

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Calculus Derivatives: Implicit Differentiation Math Memory Game

Derivatives Implicit Differentiation Math Game includes all you need to play an exciting game of Memory and review Implicit Differentiation at the same time! Students will be differentiation functions of y that are written IMPLICITLY as functions of x.

Implicit Differentiation Math Memory Game

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Algebra: Graphing Transformations Math Memory Game

Graphing Equations Level 1 Math Review Memory Game includes all you need to play an exciting game of Memory and review Graphing Basic Equations at the same time! Students will be graphing linear and quadratic functions by applying the following transformations: f(x-c), f(x)+d, and -f(x), in addition to graphing exponential functions by changing the values of a and b in equations of the form f(x) = ab^x.

Graphing Transformations Math Memory Game

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Algebra: Slopes From Graphs Math Memory Game

Slopes From Graphs Math Memory Game includes all you need to play an exciting game of Memory and review Slopes of Linear Equations at the same time! Students will be analyzing graphs of linear equations and identifying positive and negative slopes that are both integers and fractions. Additionally, students will need to recognize the equations for vertical and horizontal lines.

Slopes From Graphs Math Memory Game

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Multiplying Positive Integers Level 2 Math Memory Game

Multiplying Positive Integers Level 2 Math Memory Game includes all you need to play an exciting game of Memory and review the multiplication of positive integers at the same time! Students will be asked to evaluate the product of expressions containing positive integers ranging from 1 to 50.

Multiplying Positive Integers Level 2 Math Memory Game

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References: Schell, Julie A., and Jennifer R. Porter. “Applying the Science of Learning to Classroom Teaching: The Critical Importance of Aligning Learning with Testing.” Journal of Food Science Education, vol. 17, no. 4, 2018, pp. 36–41., doi:10.1111/jfs3.2018.17.issue-4.