Perfect to use during instruction of 8.EE.2!
Perfect Squares 1-15 and Perfect Cubes 1-15 Matching Game or Flash Cards
Played just like the matching game of your youth, cards are mixed up and turned over. Player 1 flips over two cards. If a “match” is found, the player picks up their match and goes again. If no match is revealed, player 2 takes a turn, looking for a match. The game continues until all matches are located. The winner is the one with the most matches.
A match in this case is the matching of a square root with it’s square. For example:
√4 matches with 2.
Suggestions for use:
My students like to play this game in “play off” format so that after the first round, winners play winners, losers play losers, losers are double eliminated, until one person is left victorious.
I do not allow my students to use a calculator, except in the cases of those with IEP’s that suggest allowing their use.
Game can be modified by removing the perfect cubes, if you wish to only play with perfect squares.
To prepare for the game, copy as many sets as you need to use on heavy paper, and cut apart. The numbers are intentionally set to print in gray so that they cannot be seen through the paper. Each set takes two pages, and there are a total of twenty sets in this document. Most classrooms will need less than twenty sets (since that would require forty players), so you might consider printing only the number of pages you require. Each set is numbered so that they can be easily sorted if they should get mixed up. For extended use, laminate and store each set individually in a plastic zipper bag.