Math Bingo: A Great Tool for Math Tutors & Teachers

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Tutoring math can be quite a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be if you can couch the lessons within a game. If you’re tutoring multiple people at once, why not try a game of math bingo to communicate your lessons? We’ve found a great guide on the game at this page, but here’s the gist of how to do it:

1. Decide what lesson you want to teach. You can do basic arithmetic, simple equations, or anything else where you can put the answer on a bingo card.

2. Decide which set of numbers you’ll use on your cards. It’s often best to double or even triple up numbers so you don’t have to make tons of questions especially for the simpler math types. So for adding numbers from 0­10, you can randomly double up the numbers until you can fill all 24 spaces.

3. Make up a question bank that has enough answers so that your players can win from every position. Put each problem on a slip of paper so you can shake them up later. The linked guide has links to question banks and cards if you don’t want to do all this work yourself, but it’s good to make your own stuff too! To help you later, print the answer on the problem slips so you can check cards faster. Make sure you mix the questions up well before play.

4. Once you have your questions and cards, just get some counters and play bingo like this. Call out a problem. Players solve the problem and then place a marker on the answer. If the answer appears multiple times on the card the player will only mark one of the answers. When someone gets five in a row, check their answers against the problems. If the answers match then they win the game!

As long as the answer is small enough to fit in a spot on the card, you could use any kind of
math problem you’d like. Math bingo a great way to test someone’s math skills without putting them through a boring test. Read the guide and use their cards and problem sets or dive in with your own creative math bingo set. Have fun playing this different form of bingo!

More math bingo resources available at BingoMania.

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