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Math activities for fast-finishers

Stuff for fast finishers/gifted kids should be out of the stream --stuff that isn't what you're covering next week or next year. Look at puzzles -- especially geometrical ones. Graph theory -- ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old

The best thing you can do for your daughter is to talk to her and especially have her talk back to you. You noted that she doesn't like doing exercises. If you want her to like math, and she doesn't ...
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A game that is between Noughts and Crosses and Sprouts for complexity?

I'll suggest Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe. (I believe this is what Sue mentioned in her comment, as well.) The main ideas is to take a 3x3 tic-tac-toe board and replace each of the 9 squares with its own 3x3 ...
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Math activities for fast-finishers

One option is to assign tasks with a low floor, but high ceiling. That means that almost everyone has the background to start tinkering, and accomplish something, but there is enough complexity and ...
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A basic game to make arguments about

Sprouts is a very excellent game that has a lot of scope for proving things, not just for strategy but also for other aspects of the game too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprouts_%28game%29 The game ...
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Game or gamified application for teaching/learning secondary school mathematics

This is one major goal of Expii, a crowd-sourced work in progress. Here are some other related projects I've seen: Alcumus from the Art of Problem Solving (AoPS): http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/...
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Fun games for children

Another great game is Rush hour. It requires the important but in my opinion underemphasized skills of nonverbal problem solving, working backwards and trying all possible options.
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Teaching math by serving it as games with rules first, not intuition?

You may be overestimating how much students learn from symbolic rules. Most textbooks already teach symbolic rules first then put word problems last. This is backasswards. Most students succeed at ...
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Math questions for math game

Go research it. This is not suitable for small answer Q&A. It's too big a topic--what topics to cover for each grade of math! Go look at some of the existing products in this genre. Buy a few, ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old

I will echo the sentiment of other commenters here and say that the way you are approaching seems like it will squelch, rather than foster, any interest in mathematics your daughter may have. I will ...
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Fun games for children

I think Set is a great commercial game. There's a daily instance of the game that can be played at the same website I just linked to.
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A game that is between Noughts and Crosses and Sprouts for complexity?

Mill is the natural next step up. You can draw the board yourself on the back of a checkers board (if not already printed there). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_men%27s_morris Note, Wiki talks ...
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Math activities for fast-finishers

I taught gifted students and had many fast finishers. Here are some of things we did (most require no preparation on your part but some require resources that you may not have): I kept a supply of ...
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A game that is between Noughts and Crosses and Sprouts for complexity?

"Connect 4" and "Gomoku" are similar to tic-tac-toe, but more interesting. Gomuko is simply tic-tac-toe on a larger board, where one has to connect stones into lines of length 5 ...
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Fun games for children

I taught honors and enrichment math to students in 1st - 6th grades and we explored a lot of games. My students in 4th to 6th grades have access to chrome books and can go to sites that are ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old

In all honesty, and I say this not to be harsh, but it sounds like what you are doing is going to avert her to mathematics completely, and this is not desirable for obvious reasons. As the other ...
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A basic game to make arguments about

The most basic one would possibly be the following classical game-theoretic example (also appearing in the movie "Last Year at Marienbad"). The game starts with a number of matches on the table (...
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A basic game to make arguments about

I think you will like Eleusis, a card game where one player invents a rule for valid sequences of cards, and the rest of the players "experiment" by proposing a sequence and being told whether it is ...
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

For multiplying polynomials and combining like terms, this website presents a simple level-appropriate tabular method. For example, to multiply the polynomials $x - 2$ and $2x^2 -3x + 1$ construct ...
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

There is a great game about polynomials presented by Rachel Kaplove on the eHow YouTube channel. The rules are very simple: Each student gets a card with either expanded polynomial, for example $x^2-...
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

Have you looked into Desmos for possible resources? In particular: How about the Marbleslides activities? I'm not sure whether this satisfies the criteria in your case (specifically: I do not know ...
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Fun resources and games for advanced elementary school math students?

Britain has the NRich site, which has some great targeted problems, games and interactivities: http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage You'll be looking for the Upper Primary or Lower Secondary level.
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

Well, you could start by explaining what $x^2$ means geometrically. If I had a square with side length $x$, then the area would be $x^2$. Explain to them how this is completely different from $2x$. ...
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Free, open-source, customizable, interactive math books with gaming elements

I'm not sure whether this question really belongs here, but if it does, I think you should be able to do something along these lines by combining several APIs. However, first I need to mention one ...
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What is a good hex board size for kids to learn on, playing short games?

I've found 7x7 to be a pretty good size for my non-math major college students to play a few games in a reasonable time frame. My own (kindergarten and 2nd grade) children find it a good size as well. ...
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How to convince parents that Mathematical puzzles/games help students in their academics too

Oh this is subtle and tough, in my opinion. It seems to me (and forgive the appalling over-generalizations I am about to present) ... In some vague but emotionally potent sense, math is seen as vital ...
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A game that is between Noughts and Crosses and Sprouts for complexity?

Noughts and crosses on a larger board (we used school notebooks when school was boring) and you need five in a row to win. Also good use for partially used notebooks: all squares that have something ...
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Middle school math games for the parking lot

Nim? Draw chalk circles and put some beanbags on each one. On your turn, you go over to one circle, put some beanbags into a pail, and carry them away. Admittedly, the winning condition isn't as well ...
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A basic game to make arguments about

You might also consider the game Set. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_(game) shows some of the basic games with the cards and some associated combinatorics. I also have some more materials for this ...
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Fun Activities/Games Before a Break/Between Units for Secondary Geometry

You might use the amazing "Fold & Cut" Theorem, mentioned in this MESE answer "Secondary Geometry Curriculum Sequencing." Templates available at this web site. Another idea is to have your ...
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