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The students had to make up a game for a grade level under theirs. It had to be for a single grade....not multiple ones.....they couldnt include algebra in the 5th grade math game.
I gave them copies of math books for every level and they had to tell me what grade they were going to target.
I left it pretty open ended....with few requirements.
There had to be enough problems to play the game multiple times without repeating. They had to show some originality in some part of the game. There had to be an answer sheet for all the problems. They needed a set of directions.
The rubric was set up along those lines.....They were given 4 grades: one from me, one from the group themselves, and two from other groups who played the game. We all used the same rubric.
Grade appropriate. Score from 1-10.
1-either too easy or too hard
5-covers basics of that grade levels curriculum
10-completely covers the curriculum giving challenge to those kids that need it.
Problems. Score from 1-10
1-very few questions
5-enough questions to play once
10-enough questions to play multiple times
Originality. Score from 1-10
1-nothing new about this game
5-some originality in title or board creation
10-completely original
Answer sheet and directions. Score from 1-10
1-missing either of the needed parts.
5-have sheets but unclear or incorrect.
10-clear precise directions and correct answers.
Playability. Score from 1-10
This I didn't give them any directions on. It's basically a thumbs up or down score, but if they couldn't keep the kids interested it wasn't good enough.
Students were given a week in class to design, create, and play the games.
They worked in groups of 2 or 3 depending on what they were doing.
My favorite game, while not very original, was the math memory game. The students put different mathematical expressions on cards. on 4 cards the answers matched...exponents, order of operations, multiplication facts...it was all covered. All cards were turned face down. The player picks two cards and does the math on them. If they match they get the cards, if they don't they must turn them back face down. The object is to get as many matches as they can. It was very interesting and I think it could be used in a variety of ways in any math class. I'm trying to incorporate the idea in a lot of different ways and without these two girls I never would have thought of it.
I hope this helps....if you have more questions please let me know. I only get to teach that class every other year so I won't have any new games until next Christmas. BTW, it's a great pre-Christmas activity....or short week activity. My students loved it.
Please let me know if you use this activity and how you change it, like it, hate it....any feedback would be great.
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