This is a game designed to be played with Jenga blocks or the Tumble Tower blocks from the Dollar Tree. You can substitute the blocks for a die with 6 colored sides, Popsicle sticks that are colored, or anything else you can imagine!
The printables included are:
- Problem mat and answer key (in color)
- Problem mat and answer key (in black & white)
- A blank answer key for students to write down their answers to the problem mat (if you choose to do this)
- Add and subtract polys
- What kind of polynomial?
- Standard form
- Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial
Here is how this activity worked in my classroom:
- I explained how to play the game: You stack the blocks in sets of 3, with each layer alternating. Students can select with one hand a block as long as it is not from the top two rows. The student sees the color on the block and stacks it back on the top.
- I have pre-color coded each block as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Whichever color was chosen, the students in the group answer the first problem on the problem mat.
- Once the whole group answers the problem (scrap paper, dry erase boards, laptops, etc.) and they flip over the mat and check the answer key.
- The next student pulls a block and the process continues.
- Nothing bad happens if a group's tower falls - the whole purpose is that they are playing an engaging game while practicing and reviewing skills. I do keep track of which group's tower lasts the longest - although I don't give any prizes.
- I laminate the sheets so students can use dry erase markers to mark off the problems they have completed.