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Writing Algebraic Expressions- The Staple Game

Writing Algebraic Expressions- The Staple Game
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This works best in groups of 3 or 4. Each group is given a number for the problem to begin with. This problem must be solved correctly in order to receive a staple and to move to the next problem. Each member of the team must take a turn explaining a problem. If the problem is explained incorrectly, the team member must return to the group to discuss what was wrong and how to fix the problem. When the problem is fixed, the team member may return to have the teacher check the work. If it is then correct, the team will receive a staple for that problem and may move to the next problem. When the team has successfully obtained all staples for all areas of the game, then they have successfully completed the task. If work is necessary, it should be done on the staple game paper.
I have used this activity to check up to see how students understand the concepts being taught. I have found that most students work harder to obtain the staple than they would have it just doing a regular handout. Sometimes I offer a quiz grade and give bonus points for the team who finishes the game correctly first. This way all students can obtain a good quiz grade and learn from their mistakes and their fellow students. It is also a good activity for a review to freshen up on content that students should remember from previous lessons.
This was taken from an activity that I did some years ago at a meeting. I have created this template to look similar to that one given to me, but this one is an original. It is a good activity, and I wanted to share it.
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3 pages
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40 minutes
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