This cooperative learning activity is designed to be used as a classroom challenge. Students work in tables of 4. They have 6 levels to complete, stacked face down on their table. On each mat, students have a problem to solve. (I designed these to solve by factoring, but any method of solving would be acceptable.) After checking each other's work, they follow the directions in the center of the mat to come up with a final answer. Students raise their hands silently, teacher checks the final answer only, and if correct, gives the okay to go on to the next round. I usually offer some small prize for my 1st and 2nd place teams.
Through the Table Mat challenge, students learn from each other, help each other, and review each other's work for errors. This activity is a great way to practice skills throughout the unit, or as a review before a test or quiz. My students love these!
Answer key is provided.