Growing up, I was always a game show junkie. My favorite was Bob Barker and The Price is Right. Of course I had others I loved to watch. How many of you guys remember some of my favorites:
Press Your Luck
Bumper Stumpers (Loved this show! They had weird license plates that contests had to figure out what it said)
Let’s Make a Deal
Name that Tune
Who’s Line is it Anyway?
Win Ben Stein’s Money
Win, Lose, or Draw
The Gong Show (Loved IT!!)
The Dating Game
I’m sure there are many more that I have forgotten. Anyway, to add a little spice to our end of the year math days, I thought I’d incorporate the outrageously funny tasks they perform in the game show Minute to Win It. The initial cost of gathering the materials is going to be high, but most of the objects in the tasks are common household items, or things that you could borrow from the science or physical education teacher.
I wouldn’t generally do an activity like this during the normal school year. Why? Because it takes a whole lot of time to gather information, with the little amount of “actual math” the students are doing. This is my opinion. I know a lot of teachers do fun activities such as this, but I am all about getting the most benefit out of the small amount of time I have. It will take at least a whole day just to collect the data, and then another day to analyze it. This is why I love the end of the year after testing, because I can do these fun projects without worrying about hurrying up because we’re wasting time. I can let the kids enjoy completing the tasks without worry.
In the packet, there are two pages of student recording sheets and one page description for each task (eight total). For me, I am going to get the acrylic picture frames and place each sheet in one and place it at the station so that the students can read them to remind them what they are suppose to be doing for that task.
I am so excited to do this activity with my students. We have a basketball gym that is rarely used, so this is where I am going to set my stations up. I had planned on doing this outside in our courtyard, but our building is still testing and my students would get way too excited and disturb them I’m sure.
If you do this activity, I would love to hear how it went!! Thanks, and enjoy!!
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