*[Feature photo above by Jimmie, and “79″ image (right) by Steve Bowbrick via flickr (CC BY 2.0).]*

Do you enjoy math? I hope so! If not, browsing this post just may change your mind.

Welcome to the 79th edition of the ** Math Teachers At Play** (MTaP) math education blog carnival — a smorgasbord of links to bloggers all around the internet who have great ideas for learning, teaching, and playing around with math from preschool to pre-college.

Let the mathematical fun begin!

By tradition, we start the carnival with a puzzle, game, or trivia tidbits. If you would like to jump straight to our featured blog posts, click here to see the Table of Contents.

Since I’ve been spending all my free time working on my upcoming *Math You Can Play* book series, I’m in the mood for games. So I found a few games featuring prime and nonprime numbers ** [which category is #79 -- do you know?]**, and I’ll sprinkle some of my best-loved math game books throughout the carnival.

## TRY THESE NUMBER GAMES

Students can explore prime and non-prime numbers with two free classroom favorites: The Factor Game (pdf lesson download) or Tax Collector. For $15-20 you can buy a downloadable file of the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game Prime Climb. Or try the following game by retired Canadian math professor Jerry Ameis:

### Factor Finding Game

**Math Concepts:** multiples, factors, composites, and primes.

**Players:** only two.

**Equipment:** pair of 6-sided dice, 10 squares each of two different colors construction paper, and the game board (click the image to print it, or copy by hand).

On your turn, roll the dice and make a 2-digit number. Use one of your colored squares to mark a position on the game board. You can only mark one square per turn.

- If your 2-digit number is prime, cover a PRIME square.
- If any of the numbers showing are factors of your 2-digit number, cover one of them.
- BUT if there’s no square available that matches your number, you lose your turn.

The first player to get three squares in a row (horizontal/vertical/diagonal) wins. Or for a harder challenge, try for four in a row.

Hat tips: Jimmie Lanley.

## TABLE OF CONTENTS

And now, on to the main attraction: the blog posts. Many articles were submitted by their authors; others were drawn from the immense backlog in my rss reader. If you’d like to skip directly to your area of interest, click one of these links.

- Kids Talk About Math
- Elementary Exploration and Middle School Mastery
- Adventures in Basic Algebra and Geometry
- Advanced Mathematical Endeavors
- Puzzling Recreations
- Teaching Tips

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