I have attached my favorite math game with the directions. I have used this game with different fraction operations and percents. I differentiate this game by numbers 1 and 2 game boards are the appetizer meaning they are pretty easy numbers. Then 3 and 4 are the main course which is a little more challenging. Then 5 and 6 is the dessert meaning the hardest. I let the students choose which game boards they want to play. My accelerated can’t choose 1 or 2 though. I really like this game because at first the students just choose two random numbers until they get the hang of the game. Then after a couple problems, you start to hear them planning out how to “block” the other player or get 4 in a row.
I stole the idea of playing Racko in my classroom from the wonderful @aeakland and her blog http://coefficientsofdeterminations.blogspot.com/ 🙂
Instead of playing Racko as a whole class, I decided to make my own Racko boards from cardboard that I got for free at Jo-Anns Fabric. I used the cardboard from the center of the material roles and it worked perfectly! I then cut 8 slits in each of them. I figured for my accelerated math they could order 8 rational numbers and my regular math class could order five. I laminated all of the playing cards so they are easier to slide in the cardboard. I plan on making more cards for when I teach positive and negative numbers on a number line.
I totally got this idea from Pinterest and just made it my own. Each square has a picture of a job on it for example a stack of books for the librarian. Then below the picture just like apps I wrote what the job was. I left two blank squares “apps” open to put notecards in there. Each square is a pocket. Every student in my “advisory” class will have a notecard that rotates around the jobs each week. Some weeks students wont have a job.
1st Day / 1st Week Activities
1. Procedures: I have a paper with my class procedures on it that I go through with all of my classes. Then the students have a place where they sign stating that they understand the procedures. I make a copy of the papers they signed. This way they get a copy and so do I.
2. Name Game: 5 different schools feed into the middle school that I work at. Therefore, I play a name game with them. I give the students 1 minute to think of a word that describes them and starts with the first letter of their first name. Examples: Crazy Cooper, Magnificent Miss. Martin
3. Lockers: This year I am in charge of locker duties for my team. I am going to have my students bring their locks into the room and watch this video. http://www.schooltube.com/video/7500148465389dfb0b3f/How%20to%20Open%20a%20Lock
4. Emergency Procedures: I go over the emergency procedures with the students and then I put together a Jeopardy game that they play on the SmartBoard.
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