Maths Games

We’ve been learning some new Maths games as a warm up in our Maths  lessons. Our teacher learned the game during at conference with Michael Ymer.

Last week, we learnt ‘Get out of my house‘ which was a dice game that had us practising our number skills using the 4 operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Today we started learning a new game called ‘Total Recall‘.  It’s a card game where we use the 4 operations to play and it really makes us think about the different strategies we can use – how to get as many cards as possible.

Here’s the rules of the game:

Place 6 cards face up on a grip mat so they don’t slide. The remainder of the deck kept together face down. Students take it in turn rolling a ten sided dice [ Can use a six sided dice ]. Using the number that is displayed the student is challenged to use combinations of [ 1, 2 or 3 cards ] cards to equal the number. Cards used to make the answer are collected and kept by each student and then replaced from the deck. The game continues until all cards have been used. Young children will use addition / subtraction to make answers using two cards. Older or more able students can use any combination of operations, decimals, negative numbers, fractions, order of operations etc and use up to five cards. Students need to articulate how they make the answer, trying to gather more cards than their partner. Once all cards are gone students total all card numbers to see who wins.

These photos from today’s session may help you as you play – good luck and have fun playing.

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We’re going to be showing these games at our Open Night next Tuesday – pop into our class and try them out!

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