Tag Archives: Games

Five Quick Classroom Ideas

I’m not sure if I’ve been absolutely clear on this or not, but my lack of posting lately can be attributed to the fact that I’m now posting a majority of the links I find now on my Scoop.it page (http://bit.ly/mathnews).  Nevertheless, here are five quick ideas that just didn’t fit in over there:

1.  Create a Magazine Cover (http://bighugelabs.com/magazine.php) — In one of my Pre-Algebra courses last year I had students create a magazine about a chapter in the textbook.  This website would have helped the groups easily make a professional looking magazine cover for their project.

2.  Create Printable Posters (http://www.blockposters.com/) and (http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/gallery.gas?937) — In one of my Beginning Algebra courses last year I had students create math ‘movie posters’.  Since I was working at a design school at the time, the students had the luxury of having access to industrial poster printers.  These websites would help in cases where students do not have access to those.

3.  Free Podcast Hosting (http://www.podomatic.com/login) — You would not believe how many times I have said that I want to start podcasting my classes, but I did not have a place to host them.  I think that I will definitely be checking this website out in the near future.

4.  Math Games for Developmental Math (http://www.aplusmath.com/Games/index.html) — Personally, I loved the MATHO game so much the first time I played it on the web that I was willing to pay $0.99 for the APP to entertain myself on my Android Phone.  But that may be because I’m really just not an Angry Birds kind of guy.

5.  Math in Everyday Life Videos (http://www.gamequarium.org/dir/SqoolTube_Videos/Math/) — Yes, I know, the last thing we all need is a link to more math videos.  The only reason that I thought that this site stood out is because of the organization of the categories, including a category for ‘Math in Everyday Life’.

Rush Hour! Ohhh Yeah!

This free on-line version of the Rush Hour Game was originally posted here at the MathCounts website (https://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=1512), who in turn got it in from the ThinkFun website (http://www.thinkfun.com/mathcounts/play-rush-hour).

I remember when I first got the ‘real version’ of this game on a road trip during a family reunion in Canada.  Warning: This game is addictive and can be very frustrating at times.

I highly reccommend this game.  I think it would make a great logic game for the classroom.

New Slope Game

I hope you enjoy this game!  I would love to have any feedback if you decide to use it.

Other Slope Resources

1.  Interactive Slope Applet – Although I ran out of time to actually use this with my own class, this is a wonderful resource that lets students click and drag points such that when the line between the point changes, the calculation of the slope of the line also changes on the screen as well.  Very useful!

2.  Slope-Intercept Equation Applet – This appears to be the exact same applet I introduced to you a few weeks ago in the Geogebra Tutorial video.  It’s a very simple resource that allows students to visualize the slope-intercept equation of a line by using sliders to change the slope and y-intercept.


New Game for Evaluating Functions

Here’s the new game I created for evaluating functions.  I haven’t played it with any students yet, but it has gotten a couple of test runs, and seems to be a hit among the instructors that have seen it.  If you play it, I would love to hear your feedback.  Enjoy!

This Calculus Game Needs a Sweet Name… Any Suggestions?

I just finished this new Calculus game in anticipation of teaching a lesson on The First Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  I’m looking to give it a good name.  Any suggestions?

Calculus Game.pdf
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Jing Video and notes to accompany my lesson:

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Jing Video and notes for the Second Fundamental Theorem of Calculus:

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Solving a System of Equations with Two Unknowns

A Sample Lesson on Solving a System of Equations with Two Unknowns
Before you begin, you may want to print the summary sheet below for reference.  The sheet happens to have a major typo, but I think that it’s usually fun for the students to discover it themselves. I’ve been generous enough to correct the typo.
Start out by watching this introductory video about solving an application problem using the addition method.  I recommend printing out the handout of what is covered in the video so that you can take notes as you follow along.

Go to Wolfram|Alpha and make sure that you know how to enter systems of equations there so that you can check your answer using this wonderful tool whenever you are at a computer.  Or even on the go, if you have a smartphone.

This is a link to the solution for the problem shown in the video:  http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=solve+the+system+.34x+%2B+1.98y+%3D+3990%2C++.73x+%2B+2.45y+%3D+5865

Next, watch this short video on solving systems of equations using the substitution method.


If you have time, which I hope you do, please print out the page below, cut apart, and match the each system of equations with its correct solution.
Finally, here is a link to a wonderful on-line Jeopardy-style game for one or two players, that covers how to solve Systems of Two Equations (and Inequalities) with two unknowns.


Pi Day Exponent Activity

This year on Pi Day I was teaching exponents, so I created an activity surrounding many of the common errors that I see many students make when working with expressions involving exponents.  I have attached the file to this post, and I would hope that people would know what to do with it, but let me explain anyway:

1.  I printed and cut out about 10 copies of the activity (I wanted to have the students work in groups of no more than 3).  I also like to have 1-2 extra copies because it has become seemingly noticeable with my classes that there are some students who like to take the activities home with them.  Honestly, if a simple game like this gets them excited enough about math that they actually want to do play math again when they get home, I’m all for it.  By the way, it worked out best for me to place the cut out pieces in 10 separate envelopes.


2.  The activity is simple:  The students need to match the problems with the answers.  Some answers have more than one correct problem.  Some answers have no correct problems (there are two ‘whammies’).


By the way, if you notice, I created this in such a way that it could be used anytime of the year.  I hope you and your students enjoy it.


NOTE:  I noticed after the upload that you need to actually download the file for it to show up correctly.