SWBAT apply problem solving skills and strategies to a jeopardy review game with mixed objective questions.

Games make problem solving fun and exciting.

5 minutes

*I am so excited to play a little Jeopardy trivia with you today! We are going to think hard about what we know and what we have learned to figure out some tough questions! What are ways that we can find a solution even when we get stuck (MP1)?*

We pause here to talk about strategies we can use in problem solving such as re-stating the question, pulling out key information, drawing a model or looking for patterns and relationships in the numbers.

*You have butcher paper on your tables for you to write on and problem solve, and then when your team knows the answer you need to race to raise your hand. If your team disagrees on the correct answer, make sure you have a discussion and explain your thinking to each other so that you can come to an agreement (MP3). The whole group must be in agreement on the correct answer before you raise your hands.*

I am playing a Jeopardy review game to prepare my students for the upcoming state assessment. I have gone in and created the questions on the site, so each question was created by me. I chose to put butcher paper on the tables because they always enjoy doing their work on a different surface. Students will choose a category and value and then all groups will solve the problem. The first group to correctly solve the problem gets the points.

45 minutes

*Ok, when I call your group please choose your category and value. All groups should solve every problem and the first group to get their hands raised, and answer the question correctly will get the points! *

I use an online Jeopardy Game model, from Super Teacher Tools. You can also create your own game on similar websites.

5 minutes

*Great job today! You were really thinking hard and solving problems with a lot of persistence! I was impressed to see so much work on your paper at your tables, and I loved seeing the team work to solve problems. Who can tell me some of the things that were helpful for problem solving today?*

I have a discussion here about what strategies and tools students relied on to help identify useful strategies for students who may have struggled. It was interesting to hear that many of my students relied on information posted around the room, skip counting songs and other interactive tools we have introduced throughout the year.

An example of our walls and skip counting songs: