I read about this amazing game over on Writing to Learn to Teach this summer. It looked awesome so I made my own set for each group of kids in my room. I planned on using it near the beginning of last week, but my timing has been so off this year and I didn’t get to the game until today. I also was very jealous of the several other teachers who posted that they had played this game last week, so by today I was very ready to have the kids play. And wow! It went so well! I do want to point out that when I went to this blog today, I noticed an update with the printable files and I definitely recommend doing this as you will soon see why in my pictures.
Notice the unusually large operation signs as compared to the numbers. A little tip for the future- if you plan on doing any sort of activity like this, please check the sizes of things before you copy, laminate, and cut out all of the pieces 🙂 Just wait until you see the exponents.
We started without parentheses or exponents, then added in one at a time. This student had been begging me all morning to use his hands in a picture. Now he is famous.
The good news is that apparently I didn’t take any pictures while they were using the exponents, so you can’t see how ridiculously large they are.
I hope we will have more time to play this again tomorrow. It is also going to be a great one when I need a quick time filler!