Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends,

I have a thrifty game for your classroom.  This game can be modified for just about any math operation and it takes special prep from you.  It doesn't have a name but one student thought it was bingo.  So maybe the name should be Bingo with a Twist!

Today my students played the game connected with two digit addition.

Students create their own game board like the one shown. We just use scrap paper to make the game boards. Sometimes the students like to take the game home to play with their families.

Today my students filled in the spaces with the following math statements:
     odd number                               >90
     even number                             >80
     <50                                            <40
     >100                                          <100
You can see that my students repeated some of the math statements.

To play - 
     -partner                                   -2 dice
     -each partner gets 8 linking cubes
     -students may want individual whiteboards and markers to compute their answers
     -first player rolls both dice, they use the dice to make a two digit number, (for example roll a 6 and a 5, the two addends are 65 + 56)
     -the player places one of their cubes on a space that corresponds to the answer (note that more than one space would correspond to the equation but players can only cover one space)
     -play continues until a player has used all their cubes

This was a fantastic teaching time for the partners.  Some of the students caught on that if they roll a 2 and 4 for example, all they had to do was add 2 + 4 = 6 and the two digit number was 66!  Don't you love the numeracy development some students have!

My math students played the game for 20 minutes.  As I walked around and listened to the conversations everyone was on task.  If they weren't completing an addition problem they were helping figure out which space to place the marker.

I think next time I might only use boards with nine spaces and shorten the time to play.

The activity involves reasoning skills and strategy.  I like a game that makes my math kiddos think!

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