I've committed to writing my Teacher Tuesday posts more often and today I'm excited to share a really quick and fun game that I played with my Pre-Algebra classes when we were talking about integers and rational numbers.
I went around and taped a number on each of the kids backs. They ranged from -1,000,000 all the way to about 200,000. The kids had to walk around the room and ask each other questions about their numbers. They had to ask yes or no questions (i.e. "Is my number greater than zero") and the catch was that when the person answered they could only use the word "maybe" and they had to insinuate yes or no with their body language, inflection of their voice or gestures :)
The best part was that I played this video on my SmartBoard while they worked their way around the room and they asked and answered the questions. When the song was over they all sat down and we went around the room and saw if they had figured out their number.
Hence, the name of the activity, "Here's My Number, Guess Me Maybe"
After my first period class I wised up and played the video one time first while they were all seated so they could watch it and then played it again while they asked/answered. My first class wanted to watch instead of ask/answer the questions :)
This could easily be adapted to different grade levels (only positives, only negatives, decimals, etc.) and I'm planning on using it again with fractions when my Math 7 classes.
It got everyone up out of their seats, talking to each other, having fun and they really enjoyed the video. And in the meantime, they were having to use their critical thinking, deductive reasoning and problems solving skills.
And of course, the video spurred the yearly conversation about how Carly Rae Jepsen and I are secretly the same person. I try to convince them that it's just the bangs and they stalk my IG and make side by side photos like this one. hahaha
Next, a QR code scavenger hunt is a super easy and fun way to review material. The one below I purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers, but they're not complicated to create if you have a few minutes. You can generate a QR code on a site like this one, and have it link to text. (For example, I would create a code and have it link to x + 4 = 9)
Kids scan the first code (on the start here card... I tape these up randomly around the room) and when they do so an equation pops up. They have to find the card that has the answer to the equation and then scan the code on that card and so on and so on. They love getting to use their phones, the scavenger hunt aspect keeps them engaged and they're practicing a skill or vocabulary while they're at it. QR codes are something that they think is cool and so occasionally I'll stick one on the end of a homework page with a bonus question or instruction for the next days class.
Happy Tuesday, friends!!! Hoping you found a fun activity to do with your classes today, and if you're not a teacher - you should totally watch the video with your kids and have a kitchen dance party ;)