Algebra 1 - Polynomials: Add, Subtract, Standard Form, Degree, etc. Jenga Game

Algebra 1 - Polynomials:  Add, Subtract, Standard Form, Degree, etc. Jenga Game
Algebra 1 - Polynomials:  Add, Subtract, Standard Form, Degree, etc. Jenga Game
Algebra 1 - Polynomials:  Add, Subtract, Standard Form, Degree, etc. Jenga Game
Algebra 1 - Polynomials:  Add, Subtract, Standard Form, Degree, etc. Jenga Game
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Product Description

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:

  1. Problem mat and answer key (in color)
  2. Problem mat and answer key (in black & white)
  3. A blank answer key for students to write down their answers to the problem mat (if you choose to do this)

Problem categories:

  1. Add and subtract polys
  2. What kind of polynomial?
  3. Standard form
  4. Degree
  5. Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial
  6. Equations

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.
Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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