Math = Love: 5 x 5 Game

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 x 5 Game

Just want to give a quick shout-out today to Sara Van Der Werf and her awesome 5 x 5 game!

I read her post about it before Christmas and filed it away to use on one of those random days when I wanted a filler activity that was still very much math-y.  Well, I got the chance to use it last week.

My statistics students are working on designing and implementing their own surveys.  They are practicing different sampling designs and trying to avoid introducing as much bias as possible in their results.  It's been super fun to listen in on their planning as they critique each other's projects.  Many of my students have chosen to do an simple random sample, and I told them on a certain day that I would give them the list of all the students in the school (or the students in the grade they had chosen).  It just so happened that the copy machine decided to break that very same day.

So, I had to scrap those plans and keep my stats students occupied somehow.  My stats class is notoriously hard to keep on task because a fair number of them are seniors and there is no end-of-instruction exam at the end of the year.  But, they quickly got into this game and became super competitive!  My students also noted similarities between this game and 20 Express.

The best thing was I could throw it together at the last minute because Sara already has made images to explain how the game is played.  I just cut and pasted them in my SMARTBoard file from her blog post.  All you need is a deck of cards with the face cards removed to play.  I'm not going to rewrite out all the steps of playing because Sara already did an awesome job of explaining them!

I had my students play using dry erase boards because I was throwing this together at the last minute.  They drew their own 5 x 5 board, but it was super time consuming.  They all agreed it would be better if they had a template to use next time.  Sara includes a sheet of game boards that you can print out, but I decided to make a giant game board to use in the future with my favorite dry erase pockets.

Here's my box template.  Uploaded here as a PDF and Publisher file.

1 comment:

  1. I love this! Got it from Sara earlier this year and used it right before Christmas break with my classes. Really fun, great for all levels.