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Cool Math Games for High School

As high school students diligently prepare for the stress of college and career, teachers sometimes need to reignite the concept of play. From factorization to graphing equations, games can help students apply the skills they've learned and let them have fun at the same time. Check out our list for game-based learning tools that will get students manipulating 3D shapes, solving quadratic equations, and enhancing their problem-solving prowess.

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The right combo of learning and play for chess fans at any level

Bottom line: Whether learning, playing, or coaching, ChessKid has it all covered.


Awesome, adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard

Bottom line: Fantastic tool for flipped or blended classrooms, formative assessment, or extra practice in any setting.


Super-cute gamified calculator may confuse more than calculate

Bottom line: Possibly a great tool for advanced students, but can be very confusing for teaching new concepts.

Kahoot! Algebra 2 by DragonBox

Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra

Bottom line: Kids build a strong foundation for algebra by learning the underlying concepts for solving equations with this extremely fun and educational math tool.

Divide by Sheep

Extremely addictive puzzle game has dark, slightly gory play

Bottom line: A great game for math problem-solving, but be careful choosing your audience.

Variant: Limits

3D calculus game has fun virtual world, frustrating feedback

Bottom line: Despite some glitches, students who don't love math may love this game, and learn a little about limits along the way.

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