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# International Day of Math

Written by Maria Kampen

March 14th is International Day of Mathematics! This year, UNESCO’s theme is “Mathematics is Everywhere.”

There are plenty of ways to make math fun, like stumping your students with brain teasers or cracking a funny math joke. But today, we’re celebrating the beauty of math in everyday life!

Here at Prodigy, we’re working to help every child in the world love learning. And what better way to love learning than to realize math is all around us?

## How to celebrate International Day of Math 2024 in your classroom

There’s nothing better than getting your students excited about learning! Celebrate math every day with these five fun classroom activities.

### 1. Prodigy Math

What better way to get students excited about math than with Prodigy?

Prodigy turns math class into an epic adventure filled with amazing quests, epic pets and cool rewards. As students explore the world of Prodigy, they’ll answer adaptive math questions designed to build foundational skills, challenge their knowledge and help them grow.

Plus, as a teacher, you can sign up for a free teacher account and start differentiating your students’ math learning in just a few minutes!

### 2. Solve space challenges

Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech I

Celebrate Pi Day and International Day of Math with math challenges that are out of this world.

NASA created this set of problems for Grades 4 to 12 that challenges students to use Pi and solve challenges related to space exploration.
Not only will your students have a blast, they’ll see real-world applications of math and engineering. Each problem comes with a handout and an answer key and is aligned with a Common Core math standard.

### 3. Play math games

Who said playing games wasn’t educational?

Math games give students a chance to get creative and burn a little energy, while reinforcing new (or old!) math concepts in a fun, engaging way.

Some popular math games include:

• Math baseball: Divide students into two teams. The “at-bat” team answers questions to move around the bases, while the outfielders steal questions and earn outs.
• Math facts bingo: Create bingo cards and fill the squares with answers to math questions. Instead of calling numbers, call out equations and wait for them to find the answer!
• 101 and out: Divide the class in half and have each side take turns rolling the die. Groups have to strategize and get to 101 points by multiplying and adding the rolls, without going over.

For more math games, read 20 Engaging, Skill-Building Math Games for Kids.

### 4. Read math books

Read books that teach math concepts in a fun, engaging way to bring literacy and math together!

Some of our favourites include:

• Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott: Two bugs have collected 13 beans! Follow along with their hilarious adventure to get rid of the dreaded thirteenth bean and teach your students all about remainders.
• The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang: This book of illustrated math riddles helps students develop reading comprehension skills while also keeping their math mind sharp.
• This is Not a Maths Book by Anna Weltman: Get students creating with this math book in disguise! Students learn about geometry topics while also drawing fun shapes using protractors, compasses and other tools.

Check out 15 Fun, Creative Math Books for Students in 1st to 8th Grade for even more math books!

### 5. Solve math puzzles

Try twisty brain teasers to get your students engaged and excited about math!

They’re not just fun -- math puzzles help students build essential learning skills by:

• Encouraging critical thinking and logic skills, which are essential for success in every field of study
• Helping students practice essential addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to build math fluency skills
• Connecting existing curriculum standards that emphasize problem solving, critical thinking and abstract reasoning

To get your students puzzling, read 20 Math Puzzles to Engage Your Students.

## Happy International Day of Math!

We hope you and your students enjoy celebrating the wonder of mathematics. If you’d like to know more about how math impacts our daily lives and the planet we live on, check out the International Day of Mathematics mini-site.

Do you have a favorite math fact we didn’t include? Share it in the comments!

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