This is a game for high school math students (in groups of 2-3) to practice simplifying radicals and performing operations on radicals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) based on the game Connect Four.
The product comes as an Excel file with 3 tabs: Directions, Game Board, Question Deck. The game board should be printed on 11 X 17 size paper. The question deck should be printed on cardstock (8 1/2 X 11) and cut apart.
Additional Materials Required: Colored chips or markers of some kind (I use color
counters; you could also use pennies, bits of pipe cleaners, beads, or anything else you have laying around that students can use to distinguish who played which cards.)
How To Play:
Each group gets a game board and a deck of questions.
Shuffle the deck and deal out 3 to each player.
On his/her turn, a student may choose any card in their hand to play by finding a
simplified version on the board and placing the card and one of their colored markers on that space. Most cards can be played on more than 1 space. Students can choose the space that will help them achieve 4 in a row.
At the end of his/her turn, the student draws a card to replace the one they played.
Play continues until one student gets 4 in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).
Any player may count the free space as one of their 4 in a row. A turn is not needed to claim the free space.
While students play, the teacher can circulate making sure that the cards are being played on correct spaces. Students can also check each other's card placement.