You've dodged rhinos in JUMANJI, driven down the roads of LIFE, and experienced the ups and downs of CHUTES and LADDERS. Now, take a turn at your own game.
Using what you know and like about your favorite board games, create a math game that uses all the multiplication and division facts up through the twelve times table.
Here are some things to consider as you design your game:
What is the objective of the game?
How would players advance? Would they solve word problems, roll, or spin?
Would players need cards, spinners, number cubes, pencil and paper?
As you prepare your game "Package" be sure to include:
* A title for your game
* A colorful and creative game board
* All the materials needed to play: spinners, number cubes, cards, playing pieces, etc.
* A clearly written set of instructions
Once you have created your game, practice playing it with your family and friends so that you know what works and that players enjoy it.
All incoming fifth graders will be expected to show mastery of multiplication facts through the twelves times table. One way to help learn the facts to the level of instant recall is through the use of "flash cards". Students should create their own personalized set using index cards and practice them often to increase their speed and accuracy.
When I was in school, teachers did not ask students to learn their multiplication tables over summer vacation. Rather, this one one of the things they drilled us on in the classroom (in fourth grade).
Nor did my schools require me to do "creative" projects over the summer, or stipulate that creativity be visual. Rather, the free time I had once school, homework, and multiplication mastery were over allowed me to do my own creative projects--where the best kind of creativity, the "personalized" kind, is possible.
Saturday, August 8, 2009