This is an interactive, motivating review of the 5th grade math standards. With the Ohio Achievement test a few weeks away, I created this smart notebook game to motivate my students and apply their understandings through a play situation of surviving in the jungle.
My students were jumping out of their seats to earn these little glass rocks I bought from the floral department at a local store. I told the students that the rocks were expensive gemstones and that they needed to earn 10 treasure gems with a partner to achieve a "treasure". I explained that they would earn the gemstones by solving math problems and surviving in the jungle.
I ran colored copies and laminated the pictures of the safari creatures. I had the students choose an "identity" creature to play the game. Then I laid out a long blue bulletin board sheet to represent a lake and green circles to represent turtles. I told them they had to cross the body of water by stepping on the turtle backs in order to begin the jungle journey and make their way to their desks. They loved it!
To begin I simply would read the smart notebook page and review the skill. Then I would have the students solve the problems on scrap paper with their partner. Finally, I would have someone come up front to solve the problems. Anyone who was correct would drop a gem in their treasure cup. Teachers make this work for you! Change the rules or add on to make is fit what you need to accomplish.
The answers can be found under shapes which disappear by touching them.
Another hint is that I might have additional practice cards on the same skill ready to pass out. I would start with the smart notebook page and then "add on" more partner problems.
The "treasure" might be anything you want. I would say at the end of the session that if they earned 5 gemstones, for example, they could earn a pass for computer time or a free book.
I just add on a new page every few days and they are still so excited!
Good luck and I hope your students are as excited as mine!