Math = Love: Make a Million Dry Erase Template

Friday, August 25, 2017

Make a Million Dry Erase Template

Last year, I learned about an activity called "Make a Million" from Julie Morgan who blogs at Fraction Fanatic. I tried this out with students several times throughout the year. It's perfect for those awkward five minutes when you get through your lesson plan way faster than you expected. Kids LOVED it, but every time we did it I would feel like the activity could run more smoothly. I loved the activity so much it made an appearance in my 21 Ideas for the First Week of School post. 

I'll let Julie explain the game! 

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This summer, I decided that I would make a dry erase template for my students to use as we played. Drawing the 12 boxes to place numbers in always took my students FOREVER.

My students' work was just a little too messy for my liking.

Plus, some kids would want to redraw the boxes EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Here's the template I came up with:

 I printed off a class set and slid them into our dry erase pockets (affiliate link).

We tried them out Wednesday in both Algebra 1 and Math Concepts. This activity went smoother than it ever has before. And, I give the credit to the template. We were able to start playing right away!  My kids were super competitive, and I gave a tootsie roll to the student whose sum was closest to one million each turn. 

 Want the template to use with your own students? You can download a copy here.