Multi-digit multiplication and division review can seem a bit tedious for some students. This multiplication and division game that uses Jenga to review is a perfect way to spice up your review and engage your students.
Multiplication and Division Game Materials:
For this game, you will need:
Colored Jenga blocks —> I buy the precolored ones from Amazon here.
Multiplication and division game printables —> available for free at the end of this post
Basic Directions for Playing:
To play this game, the students will select number cards and then choose a color to move (by allowing free choice or having them roll a die included in most sets). Based on the color of the block they choose to move, the students will multiply or divide the number on the card by a given number.
Here are the specific student directions:
Directions: Select a number card. Choose a block to remove. Complete the task that matches the color of the block that you want to remove with the number on the card. Repeat with each turn.
To allow this to work with multiple numbers and grades 4-5, I included three different versions for the directions and several different types of numbers (2-, 3-, or 4-digit numbers.)
Three Different Versions
Version 1: requires the students to multiply and divide by 1-digit numbers
Version 2: requires the students to multiply by 2-digit numbers and divide by 1-digit numbers
Version 3: requires the students to multiply and divide by 2-digit numbers
You can mix and match the versions with the different number cards to differentiate. I have also included a chart to help you know which version and which numbers to use for which grade level.
Tips for Playing the Jenga Multiplication and Division Game:
Tip 1: Use the chart on page #1 to help you mix and match the directions pages with the different types of numbers to maximize the use of this free game.
Tip 2: Have all of the students do the work at the same time (with their specific numbers and tasks) and then move their pieces at the same time. This will keep all of the students on task and working.
Tip 3: Keep your groups relatively small. If you have multiple Jenga games, then you can have several games going on at a time. If you only have one Jenga game, then you could play this game at your teacher table or place it in a math center.
Tip 4: For added accountability, have the students record their work on a piece of paper or on the recording sheet included in the download.
How Can I Get this Jenga Multiplication and Division Game for FREE?
Click here to download the multiplication and division game printables.
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This multiplication and division game would make a great whole-group game (if you have multiple sets of the Jenga blocks). However, it also works great as a math center. If you need more math centers for 4th or 5th grade, click here to see my go-to math centers and grab free samples.
India LaCoste says
This is a great incentive for my son, I remembered Jenga, and this is a wonderful idea for keeping my student a float with his multiplication and division, rather than the redundancy of paper problems and math drills. Thank you for this excellent alternative ideal of learning and introducing challenges, that keeps my son from being, and or getting bored! Thanks a million!
So, if you do it as a whole group where everyone solves the problem, do they all remove a block of that color? Or just one person? How does that work exactly?
Nayyar Sabah says
plz can u pro vide me video link for this game thanks
Kristi Johnson says
So if playing as a whole group and students all answer together, who gets to pull the block of that color? Do they all pull one?
So if students solve a problem do they then pull a block? If they get the problem wrong do they not pull a block? But pulling a block could cause them to lose so might they get the problem wrong on purpose? How can I prevent this?