Saturday, 30 January 2016

Row Games

We saw this activity in 2010 when I first found @K8Nowak's blog f(t). I don't know if I would call a Row Game a particularly engaging activity but I am convinced that any way we can make doing boring homework questions more palatable for students is a good thing. The premiss is that you pair students up and they get a worksheet of questions. The questions are in two columns. Each person does one column and if they have done things correctly then their questions on the same row should have the same answer. If they don't then either one or both of them are incorrect and they have to work together to get the correct answer. So this is a self checking activity. We made a bunch of them at the time and I just stumbled upon them this week so we thought we would post them. These ones are for ratios, proportion, simplifying expressions and solving simple equations.

  • illustrate equivalent ratios, using a variety of tools
  • solve for the unknown value in a proportion, using a variety of methods 
  • make comparisons using unit rates
  • solve problems involving ratios, rates, and directly proportional relationships in various contexts, using a variety of methods
  • solve problems requiring the expression of percents, fractions, and decimals in their equivalent forms
  • add and subtract polynomials involving the same variable up to degree three, using a variety of tools
  • multiply a polynomial by a monomial involving the same variable to give results up to degree three
  • solve first-degree equations with non fractional (Applied only) coefficients, using a variety of tools and strategies
  •  Just the handouts (see below)
  1. Pair students up
  2. Have students decide who will be Student A or Student B, and have them complete Problem Set A or B.
  3. The answers in each row should match. If they do not match, work together to determine the correct answer.
  • See the files in one folder here
  • Proportions (Word, PDF)
  • Proportions Review (Word, PDF)
  • Simplifying Expressions (Word, PDF)
  • Adding Polynomials (Word, PDF)
  • Simplifying Expressions with Multiplication (Word, PDF)
  • Solving Equations (Word, PDF)
  • Solving Multistep Equations (Word, PDF)
Did you use this activity? Do you have a way to make it better? If so tell us in the comment section. Thanks

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