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# Getting to Know You in Numbers Beginning of the Year Activity

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Need a great beginning of the year ice breaker? Have your students play this fun game to get them acquainted and brush up on math skills.

When I play with my sixth graders, I have them write equations that must be solved. For example, if my age is 12, students may write 17 - 5 in the age box. If their house number is 11, they may write 36 / 3 - 1 in the box or 16 - 5. After each student fills out their paper, I place the worksheets randomly on desks around the room. Students have to guess who the mystery student is by solving each equation to reveal their answers. Once students guess the mystery student, I let the student take a "selfie" on my camera and glue it to the middle of the worksheet.

My favorite part about this game is that differentiation is built in! Students can make equations that are simple or more complex based on their skill level. One student, for example, may be required to write only two step equations, while another student may be required to write one step equations.

In sixth grade, I require all students to use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division each twice on the worksheet. For my higher level students, I have them also use decimals and fractions in their equations.

If you'd like to use it in younger grades, it can definitely be made simpler. You can have students write addition or subtraction "sentences" or even just use numbers throughout and forgo the writing of equations.

However you use this product, I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable!
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