A Very Simple Premise: Students determine the order of the characters. Who came in first, second third or fourth? Or who is on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors? Asking only simple order questions, "Is Batman above Superman?" or "Is the blue car in front of the red car?" students will keep track of what they learn, and solve the puzzle. (And students can worry about the character names. We don't have to keep track. Only colors.:)
FORTNITE Option! Superhero Option! Racetrack Option! Add your own popular characters option! This Smart board is totally editable for your needs. The PDF contains printable lesson plan and optional recording sheet and character cards to manipulate while you play Mastermind!
Provide students with opportunities for patient problem solving. Engage with fun characters and then MODEL THINKING using concrete representations like color tiles or pattern blocks. Modeling with mathematics is an important practice standard... and it doesn't simply mean using a bar model or an array.
“Modeling” is mathematizing a situation (which includes creating structure and making assumptions) in relation to the context. Modeling is important because it links classroom mathematics to solving problems in everyday life.
Smart Notebook File with 4 games to model and play with your class.
PDF with optional character cards to manipulate (model their thinking)
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