Introducing integers, adding integers and graphing integers are the focal points of this activity. Adding and Graphing Integers presents the “Super Hero Quiz Show”, a game show video with a twist. Keeping score is done entirely by teams of students. A correct answer from Biggy Boy, Mighty Girl or the Monkey will produce positive points. However, when an answer is incorrect, negative points are added to the score. (Adding negative points rather than subtracting is emphasized throughout the video.) Students are challenged to pick 1 super hero, record the points earned by that super hero and then total the points twice, during the commercial break and at the end of the show.
Technical difficulties threaten to ruin the game when a large portion of the show is lost. Biggy Boy, for example, sits at 200 points when the show breaks for commercial, but that score has changed to -400 when the show resumes. The challenge student teams face will be to create the points earned from a series of correct and incorrect answers that could have produced the new score. This open-ended activity lends itself to differentiation in a number of ways. Each team will create a solution that differs from other teams scoring the same contestant. Also, teams that finish quickly will enjoy finding a second solution to the problem.
The video concludes with “Part 2: Graphing”. An effective method for graphing the addition of 2 or 3 integers on a number line is demonstrated and practiced.
This activity contains
• Super Hero Quiz Show Video
• Technical Difficulties Handout
• Graphing Handout
• Lesson Plans
• Answer Sheets
• Expect highly engaged students who are completely focused on the show.
• Students enthusiastically answering the questions meant to the three contestants.
• Expect teams of students to identify with, and root for, “their contestant”.
Super Hero Quiz Show was created with the intention of
making math mindful