Dividing decimals is one those skills that needs to be practiced over and over until students catch the hang of it. Nothing can be more boring to most students than having to work a worksheet full of division problems. A worksheet full of division problems can also be very daunting for students with low math skills. Do I give my students a worksheet that requires them to do some independent work? Absolutely. The difference is, that when I give them part of a class period to play a game, they are much more prepared and willing to do that worksheet. The game allows for cooperative learning and peer tutoring. It is an amazing way to allow other students to feel a part of the learning process by helping their fellow classmate. It gives students one-on-one attention with little to no help from the teacher.
In this game, one student is given a calculator to find the answer after all students have completed the problem. I always have every student in the group work every problem. This way I don’t have idlers with nothing to do. It also means they complete that many more problems. I generally tend to have the students work them neatly on a clean sheet of paper to be turned in. Do I grade all of those papers? Absolutely not, but I do give them a 100% for participation. Having them turn the papers in, also lets the students know that, even though we are playing a game, the game serves an important purpose.
When I make board games, I always cut them out, tape them to the inside of a file folder, and then laminate them. I would suggest you printing the cards and game pieces out on card stock to make them last longer. If you have a small class or only making one or two games, I would laminate the cards and game pieces. I play these games with my whole class, so I am usually making six or seven games at a time.
I hope you enjoy this game, and I hope your students get a lot of great reinforcement and enjoy playing!!
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