Shh! No talking!
Silent Sums is a cooperative skill practice activity for middle school students who are learning to solve two-step equations with rational numbers. All equations are in the form px + q = r. Each game sheet consists of four equations, with the first three rounds focusing on integers and the last three involving rational numbers.
This product includes...
1) Cover Page
2) Objectives, standards, and set-up instructions.
3) How to play, variations, and implementation ideas.
4) A blank game sheet template if you would like to add your own equations.
5) Six different game sheets.
6) Answer key.
How Does It Work?
In groups of four, each student solves a different equation on a shared game sheet. The sum of the four solutions is written in the middle of the game sheet. Students must generate their solutions WITHOUT talking! The teacher only checks the SUM for accuracy.
Why Do I Love It?
1) Interdependence. Every student's work and participation is necessary for the group's success.
2) Cooperative trouble-shooting. If a team's sum is incorrect, what went wrong? They must figure out if the sum was tallied incorrectly, or if one or more of the equations is incorrect.
3) Helping without enabling. Students can check teammates' work and circle suspected errors, but the constraint of silence means that nobody can do anybody else's thinking for them.
4) Because my kids describe each round as "intense"!
Thanks for checking out this activity! Try it and let me know how it goes.