Gamification: Scattergories For Math & Other Disciplines

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MATH

Give kids a number & task them with coming up with as many different equations or ways to get to that number. Then, in whole class group, have students mark through any equation they write that others did too.

No points are received for equations that other individuals or teams wrote down. Only original equations ( ie. equations no one else wrote down) get a point. Do a few rounds to determine winner.

Allowing all to participate in this competition works out the high & low kids brains. Striking through duplicate equations pushes kids to invent new, more complex ones.

In more complex courses, give kids equations, bigger numbers, or complex variables that challenge that group. Students still have to come up with equations in competitive environment 🙂

Other Areas

The same idea can be used in other disciplines: synonyms, antonyms, characteristics of a (hero, villain, success, failure, etc,), elements of a culture, amendments, mnemonic devices, and so on.

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About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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