Ultimate List of Math Activities for 5th Grade & 6th Grade

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Workbooks have their place but often, I think,  their best use is to give me guidance and inspiration as to what my kids need to learn next. When my kids are in the master-a-concept stage, hands on activities (even whole body activities) help them grasp the concepts much faster than a pile of worksheets. As we move on to the next level of learning, gathering a group of activities that I can pull from each day has been a big help. And I’m happy to share those lists with you. Here’s everything you need to add hands on math activities for 5th grade and 6th grade. 

 Math activities 5th grade and 6th grade

Math Activities 5th Grade and 6th grade

Fractions and Decimals

Fractions, decimals and percents with Skittles. Make a circle graph from Teaching With a Mountain View.

Identifying equivalent fractions from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational. 

Fractions and Decimals Bottle Cap Game from Middle School Math Madness.

Dividing fractions games with pattern blocks and dice from Teaching With a Mountain View. 

Multiplying fractions by folding paper by Paul Stenning (You Tube Video).

Volume, Area and Perimeter

Area and perimeter with Cheeze-Its (and 9 other hands on ways to learn these concepts) from Scholastic Teachers.

Area and perimeter with leaves from Our Journey Westward.

Area, Perimeter and Circumference with paper and bottle tops from Jimmie’s Collage. 

Hands-on Volume: Building a cube structure from Our Journey Westward.

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Ratios and Pi

What is Pi? From Math is Fun.

Celebrate Pi Day on March 14th with all these activities from Layers of Learning. 

Math art Pi skyline from What do we do all day?

Make a Pi bead bracelet from Pink Stripey Socks. 


Right, Acute and Obtuse Right Angles

Geometry angles tape walk from E is for Explore.

Living math with angles from Jimmie’s Collage

Planes, Quadrilaterals, Segments, and Polygons

Polygons on the geoboard from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.

Outdoor polygon construction with tape or crepe paper from E is for Explore!

Combine math and art to make a quadrilateral robot from Art With Jenny K. 

Lines, line segments and rays with marshmallows and candy corn from Classroom Confections. 


Convert metric units to customary units. From Splashmath. {affiliate link}

5 Creative Ways to Teach the Metric System, including conversion ideas from Homegrown Learners.

Metric Olympics activities from Math-N-Spire.

Mean, Median and Mode

Mean and Median Match Up, a printable game from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Mean, Median, Mode and Range with LEGOS from E is for Explorer. 


Living Math With Positive and Negative Numbers. Walking the number line is my favorite. From Jimmie’s Collage. 

Multi-sensory Teaching of Positive and Negative Numbers. Learning about integers using a thermometer. There’s also a great idea here about using football to learn about integers. From Resource Room. 

More Ultimate Hands On Math.

Here are lists of math activities for:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade