Students play the game to reinforce the skill of understanding Rational vs Irrational Numbers, Common Core Standard 8.NS.A.1. You can print this for use as a single math station game, or you could print several to use as a class set.
I have detailed instructions for the most effective way to print everything as a class set: the game boards, the game cards, the sorting activity and the assessment. My instructions for printing will save you cardstock, ink, effort and time.
The game is a 2 player game, though I believe it could be played with three players. To play, students will pull a card and decide if it is a rational or irrational term. Players should check that their opponent moves 3 spaces (like 3 dots) for each irrational number, and 0 spaces (like stopping) for every terminating rational number. A repeating rational number can move ahead 3 spaces PLUS the number of digits in the repetend. If a student is on the same space as another player, they get knocked back to their opponents previous place. Fun times for identifying and reinforcing the differences between rational and irrational terms. Give it a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Students love a little competition.
13 pages Included:
*1 Cover Sheet
*1 Teacher Instruction Sheet for Printing and Usage
*2 sheets for a printable game board
*2 sheets for printable game cards
*3 sorting sheets for sorting the game cards according to
characteristics (with instructions for them to write the
assessment answers on their own paper)
*1 student individual assessment sheet (optional if you would like
students to have a printout available instead of writing on their own
*1 answer key
*1 Game rules sheet with a graphic organizer for students
*1 Teacher Copy of the Rules
It takes about 7-10 minutes to play the game once. I allow my students to play at least twice and some students like to tie break with a best 2 out of 3. Some classes want to swap partners after the first game. It gets them out of their seats and gets them doing something out of the ordinary. The game play takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes depending on student ability. Students have an opportunity to work together to learn from one another and check themselves.
After the game, there is a sorting activity for partners to participate in using the game cards. After sorting, there is a brief individual assessment that asks students to compare and develop their own examples of rational and irrational terms. This would take an additional 5 to 15 minutes for the assessment. Total time would be somewhere around 35 - 45 minutes. Overall, this game, sorting activity and assessment package will be well worth the price for all of the time saved. Students will be able to work together while you monitor that they are reinforcing necessary skills through play. Any time you have a little space of time in class to fill in, you will always be able to pull this game out for a fun partner review.