Find Someone Who - Math Rebus Puzzles

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Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Word Document File
4 pages


Time for a brain break! “Find Someone Who” and “Give One, Get One” are get-to-know games that let middle and high school students walk and talk about math metaphors and mathematical expressions with ten picture puzzles.

A rebus is a picture, letter, number, or symbol that is used to represent a different word that has a similar pronunciation. In English, if we write a rebus for math metaphors, we might write


as the word “math” and then “meta” four times (metaphor = meta four. Get it?).

If we write a rebus for mathematic expression, we might write

1☺ + 2⛑ + 3☹

as a mix of terms and operator "1+2+3" and emojis expressions.

These partner and circulating speaking tasks will maximize the participation in your classroom. This activity is in Microsoft Word .doc form so that Ts can customize the discussion to fit the needs of your Ss.

Give students a few minutes to brainstorm as much as they can. Students use a pencil and walk around the room to find someone to quiz with. They give one answer to get one answer from each other, with back and forth speaking in pairs, alternating generating oral responses. After a given amount of time, teacher stops and debriefs students with “Takeoff/Touchdown” formative assessment.

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Total Pages
4 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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