When I was in grad school I learned a fun/easy math game format (from one of the best math ed professors ever!). I was reminded of this today as I brainstormed ways to review DEATHLY BORING algebra concepts for the upcoming end-of-year exams.
Step 1 (Pre-class prep): Generate two lists of numbers.
List A: 10, 14, 3, 20, 9
List B: 6, 5, 8, 12, 33, 7
Step 2 (Still pre-class prep): Make a 4-by-4 grid of numbers on a poster:
As you can see, the content is very customizable. As I shared with another teacher today, you can easily alter the content to review conversion from fractions to percents and decimals, for instance. (List A: numerators; List B: denominators...) Same goes for integer operations.
I am going to try using this to review DEATHLY BORING algebra "expansion" skills in Grade 7, along with modified Bingo* and other games I manage to think up. What types of fun things do you have up your sleeves for reviewing at the end of the year?
*We did algebra Bingo today for expanding/simplifying and then I spontaneously decided to modify it. Since kids are always trying to influence the next numbers being called during Bingo, I periodically put up "challenge" problems on the board and said that the first kid to correctly (raise their hand and) expand and simplify everything gets to CHOOSE the next Bingo number. The crowd went wild for this! The good news: Everybody was trying those challenge problems. The bad news: My 7th-graders really still need to practice expanding expressions like 0.5(x - 10)^2 and -0.5(x - 8)^2. Eeesh.