Reflection: Relevance Bowling for fluency: A game for number sense, fluency and equation development. - Section 3: Tournament! A quick assessment.


This game really helped students develop their equation writing skills. The tournament proved to be a wonderful way for me to assess and motivate students to be accurate at the same time. I believe that if I can get them to  thoroughly understand equations, write them well, they will struggle less with word problems and be more confident in their solutions.Word problems are a real weak spot for my students.

A few of my students wrote the continual, never ending equals sign "equation". But, when I stopped them and reminded them of the concept of balancing both sides, making them re write the equation, they didn't continue to make those mistakes. I think the connection to the application helped them understand it better.

When I was teaching them the game, the excitement and noise in the classroom as they wanted to be the next one with a pin down, was almost deafening. I needed to settle them down a little, but the excitement of the game kept building up and the noise levels rose again and again. I loved the energy as they pushed themselves to combine the three numbers accurately.

It's great...just great!

  Developing properly written equations.
  Relevance: Developing properly written equations.
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Bowling for fluency: A game for number sense, fluency and equation development.

Unit 9: Division Unit
Lesson 17 of 21

Objective: SWBAT use all four operations to create and solve equations.

Big Idea: This totally awesome game hones fluency and number sense skills as students bowl for their solutions, knocking down pins and trying to get strikes or spares! They prove their answers using properly written equations to solve for numbers 1-10..

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