During a two week period of very cold weather and lots of indoor recesses, I created this math game for my second graders. I put some wrapping paper on a big cardboard box and made a giant bow from construction paper and named the game, "What's My Rule?". The idea was to help my students understand function boxes and although they thought it was entertaining watching me do an "in the box, out of the box“ impersonation, they much preferred jumping out of a box themselves.
This resource includes full page numbers 0 – 20, (I printed the numbers on card stock and then laminated for durability) printer friendly and color worksheets in two themes, winter and elves with presents. Once students have their worksheets filled out, they choose one of their function boxes and get the numbers ready. My students would hold up their first number and say, “In”, then duck down inside the box and get the next number and jump up and say, “Out” and so on through their worksheet. The other students have to guess the rule, i.e. +6 or -2, etc. The student who guesses correctly goes next. Now, I don't expect that everyone has room for a big cardboard box wrapped as a present in your classroom...but if you do, the students LOVED it! You could have students be behind a desk or bookcase or just up and down from their chair holding up the numbers or just use the worksheets for extra practice.
Stay warm, Bonnie