Math = Love: Goodies from the Makers of Tenzi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Goodies from the Makers of Tenzi

Today I want to give a shout-out to the awesome creators of Tenzi!  After I tweeted and blogged about using Tenzi in my classroom to practice finding measures of central tendency, I received an awesome package in my mailbox.  

Here's what I received: 

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Tenzi Party Pack - I received the original Tenzi set for four players for either Christmas or my birthday.  So, this is the perfect addition to my Tenzi collection.  The party pack includes dice for up to six players at once.

77 Ways to Play Tenzi -  This deck of cards provides 77 different ways to play Tenzi.  One of the great things about Tenzi is that there are SO many ways to play.  I love that you can use this deck to change up the game from round to round.  Just flip over a new card and follow the directions.  This keeps the game from getting monotonous without requiring the players to come up with new ideas during the game.  I even used some of the cards from the deck to plan my lesson for tomorrow on comparing data displays in Algebra 1.

Want a sneak peek at tomorrow's lesson?

Students will circulate around the room and play one round each of nine different Tenzi variations.  Students will record the number of rolls it took them to complete each variation and mark it above the number line to create a dot plot.

Once all the data is collected and dot plots are created, students will break into groups.  Each group will get the data sheet from one of the variations.  Groups will find the five number summary, IQR, and check for outliers.  Then, each group will create a box-and-whisker plot BELOW the number line.
Students will make predictions about the similarities and differences between the variations before we begin collecting data.  Then, students will write statements comparing the data sets after we finish making the box-and-whisker plots.

So excited!

Slapzi - I had never heard of the game Slapzi before receiving it in the mail.  Given my love for Tenzi, I fully expected to love this game.  And, it did not disappoint!  My husband and I played the basic version of the game one afternoon shortly after receiving it.  I think in the future we'll play one of the more advanced versions to make things a bit more difficult.

The great thing about this game is that it's super easy to learn.  (I sound like I'm describing Tenzi so far...)  Each player gets five double-sided picture cards.  You lay your five cards out in front of you with the side of your choice facing up.  The stack of description cards is kept in the center of the table.

One player flips over a description card.  Each player looks at their picture cards to try to find a picture that matches that description.  The first player to "slap" their picture card on the description card gets to leave that card in the pile.  The goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all of their picture cards.

The game play is simple, but the competition is fierce!  If the majority of players agree that the card you played does not match the category, then you have to take back your card plus an additional penalty card.

I had a couple of instances last week where so many of my students were absent in a class period that we couldn't move on with the planned lesson.  We played Slapzi instead, and my students LOVED it!

I constantly heard them say things like "This is fun!  You should let us play this again!"  Anytime you can entertain a teenager with something that doesn't involve the cellphone in their hand is a winner in my book!

All of the classes I used this game with had seven or less in attendance.  Students played in two groups.  I gave each group half of the picture cards and half of the description cards.  After a few rounds, the two groups would switch picture and description cards to keep the game fresh.


To the makers of Tenzi, thank you so much for the package of goodies!  My students and I greatly appreciate them!  Thanks for making great games that are perfect for using in my classroom!

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