Saturday, July 14, 2012

Math Libs...

Remember Mad Libs from childhood? I thought I could piggy back off that idea for a math activity. I'm thinking either a part of the first day of school, or a day before a holiday, or some other such time. It wouldn't take all period. My guess is 15-20 minutes (longer if they do the "homework" in class). Here's a sample of one of two I want to make. I envision a "BAT" version and a "___" version with a different storyline on the back. Students should keep their version hidden from people with the other version.

Edited to note:
This idea is not affiliated with MathLibs(R), a brand used in commerce for over a decade (link to:  ).


  1. While traveling to Las Vegas from Colorado, the past two days, I've found that Mad Libs have been a fun activity to pass the time. When I saw your post I thought "wow, what a great idea!" Maybe as we continue our trip, rather than just filling in the blanks, my wife and I can create our own nerdy, math version to use in my math classes next year.

  2. I've also used this mad lib format in order to practice writing equations from word problems. I created an excel formula that asks the kids to type in two adjectives, two prices, and two nouns. It then outputs a question using their chosen vocabulary and values. Hidden in the excel are cells that formulate a new problem each time with natural number solutions so you know the equations will always work out. It's limited, but the kids have a blast making up their own words. I usually use a simple mad lib to introduce the activity.

    I think you can see it here:

  3. This is wonderful - I love it!!! Are you willing to share this file? The widget with files didn't come up when I went to your blog.

    Thanks again for sharing your resourcefulness!