Have any kids who find math boring? Are YOU a little bored with the usual stations and problem solving? Here's your solution!
Welcome to the battlefield – the first quadrant of the coordinate plane; a simple world of positive values where honorable warriors explore the lines parallel to the x and y axis. In order to succeed, you’ll need good strategy, good equipment, and, most importantly, math knowledge!
This incredibly engaging activity starts with designing a character and ends with students pitting these characters against each other using the coordinate grid as a battlefield and math concepts as weapons.
It is the perfect way to model, review, or reinforce many 4th and 5th grade standards. With the included "items" it covers decimals, fractions, multiplication and division of whole numbers by decimals and fractions, the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and more. I've used it as a recurring math station, an engagement tool for new concepts, and even a classroom management solution! (I was shocked at who would start behaving just for a few gold pieces to get a new magic spell!)
With a bit of tweaking it can go even further - with the blank "equipment" templates, you can make items that cover any math standard you need! Try 2v2 team battles or a four person free for all! If students are really up for a challenge, have them take on a team “dungeon” with your own gridded maze filled with monsters or have a giant boss fight, teacher vs. all student characters – the fun is endless!
Included in this FREE package you'll find
*A silly cover drawing I spent too much time making
*Full instructions on how to make characters and play
*Character Sheet Template
*Item Making Template
*Over 100 pre-made "weapons", "armor", "items", and "magic"
*Grid Tokens (both color and b&w versions)
*Coordinate Plane Battle Grid
I can't tell you how often my students beg to bust out the battle grids. Or the difference it has made in some of their understanding - especially those students' whose attention tends to wander. I hope you enjoy using this in your classroom!