# Activities for Gifted Students: Math Activities

By Keren Perles

When you’re teaching gifted students in a classroom with many other students, you often cannot tailor a lesson directly to them. If so, what can you do? These math activities for gifted students can help you to challenge and motivate the gifted students in your classroom.

Often, one of the best activities for teaching gifted students is enabling them to think one step beyond what you’re teaching. When you’re teaching students a simple math concept, challenge your gifted students by asking them to answer the question “Why." Why is the distributive property true? Why do you have to find the lowest common multiple in order to add fractions? Why does 3 X 4 = 12 necessarily mean that 12/4 = 3? Getting students to answer this question, either in small groups of gifted students or on their own can take a lesson to a whole new level. Encourage the gifted students to share what they have discovered, either with you after class, or with the other students at the end of a period.