READY TO PLAY: Just print the student page for each student, get whiteboards for each group, and you're ready to play!
The 16 problems in this game allow students to review:
•Simplifying Expressions (Distributing & Combining Like Terms)
•Solving 1 & 2 Step Equations
The way scoring occurs will allow students to also practice
•Operations with Integers
Instructions for Teacher:
•Print the student work page (which can be found toward the end of this PowerPoint) and make a copy for each student in your class.
•Project the activity for students to see (screens where the students can touch would be fun but take more time – the presents are numbered so they can tell you which one they choose and you can select it from your own computer or on the screen).
•Place the students into groups/teams (3-4 in each group works best)
•Each group needs one student whiteboard, marker and eraser.
•Designate a place on a classroom whiteboard to track team scores
(so everyone can see them).
How the game works:
•Students will do the problem on their papers and decide as a group their answer to write on their white board (if you don’t have student whiteboards you could just check from their papers)
•Once everyone has had an opportunity to write down an answer the teacher will check. (Click the screen to see the answer)
•Each group with the right answer (or maybe just the first few
done (you decide) ) will ”pick their present.” When the present
is selected the number of points they get will come up in place
of the present on the screen. The points they get can be positive
or negative, or it could tell them to multiply or divide their current
score by a number. Later in the game it will throw in more twists
like “switch scores with another team” or “give 10 of your points
to another team.” etc. If they get “Lump of Coal” that means they
go back to zero. The presents are different each round.
•There are two ways to win – have the highest positive score or
the lowest negative score.