How to Use Monopoly To Teach Math Skills

Today is Monopoly Day!!! In 1933 the game of "Monopoly" was invented. As you know, people have put their own spin on the popular game in a variety of ways. I found some websites that share fun and exciting ways you can use Monopoly to teach math skills.

1. Over at Raki's Rad Resources there are some ideas on how to use Monopoly in your classroom. These ideas are all for the standard version of Monopoly, but could be adapted to fit Monopoly Junior for primary students.

2.Truman Collins has done a great job of letting us know what the probability is for landing on any given square given all the rules of course, as well as telling you about the probability of income, getting out of jail, losing and/or recouping mortgage. So now when you buy the game of Monopoly for that somebody special, be sure to let them know that it's all about the math! See the full article on Probability of Monopoly.

3.Hannah B. Sarver put together a project called Advance to Go: Monopoly: A Mathematical Model that is aimed to find the best property to buy in the game of Monopoly based on its probability of being landed upon, by mathematical calculation and actual game play. Other factors were taken into account, such as cost-to-rent ratio.

4. Mathopoly booklet that contains all the information and many of the resources needed to play Mathopoly.This maths revision game is intended for use as a fun revision session for year 9 students. It covers the topics examined in year 9: numbers; algebra; shape, space and measurement; and handling data. However, it is not all encompassing of the year 9 curriculum.

5.Recycled Mini Journal - Monopoly Notebook - Upcycled Notebooks - Sp...- Use as prizes for students who won the game.

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