MATHEMATICIAN SQUARES!
by Michael Duarte

SUBJECT:
Grade 7 Math

TOPIC:
Assorted


Michael Duarte
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TITLE: Mathematician Squares!

SUBJECT: 7th Grade Mathematics

TOPIC: This bulletin board is intended as a final exam review for 7th grade mathematics. Various topics that will be reviewed are Measurement, Ratio & Proportion, Properties of Numbers, Percents, Decimals, Fractions, Geometry, Square Roots, and Basic Arithmetic.

INTERACTIVITY: The best of the best! Similar to Hollywood Squares, the elite of the Mathematical world come together to participate in this exciting game! The various categories are scattered all throughout the nine squares. Two students will each choose their game pieces (either the orange crown or purple crown.) The person who chooses the orange crown will go first and pick any square of his/her choosing. Next, the student will pick out a card from that box and answer the question. They will have to record all of their work on the activity sheet to receive any credit for their work. After the student has solved the problem, he/she can turn the card over where they can find the answer. If the person solved the problem correctly, they win the square and get to place their game piece on it. Then the second participant gets to choose a square of his/her choosing and must solve the problem correctly to win the square. If at any time the person gives an incorrect answer, he/she loses the square and it is left open for the next player to choose. The game continues until someone gets three in a row or until all of the squares are filled.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The objective of this game is to be the first person to get 3 squares in a row (across, up, down, or diagonally.) The game is meant to be played by 2 students, where each person will choose either the orange or purple crown game pieces. The person with the orange crown pieces will go first, and he/she can choose any open square on the board. Then that student will pick a card from the square and must show the work on the activity sheet to get credit. After completing the problem, the player will turn the card over to see if he/she has the correct answer. If the contestant answers correctly, he/she will win the square and put their game piece on it. If the contestant is incorrect, then he/she should place the card back in the square’s pocket. Also, that contestant loses the square and it remains open for the next player to choose if desired. The game continues until someone gets 3 squares in a row or until each square is filled up.

TIME: This game can take between 10-20 minutes.

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION: The squares are 8 inches by 9 inches and were cut out from a white fabric. Black poster board was used on top of these squares. The square flaps are held together by staples and glue. The game pieces stick to the square by use of magnetic tape, which is also found on the back of the game pieces and bulletin board background. The squares are held on the bulletin board by thumb tacks, and the gold lettering is stapled to the background. The pictures of the mathematicians were printed out from a computer and glued to the black and white squares.

CREDIT: For each square correctly answered, each player will receive 2 extra credit points on their exam. The winner of the game will also receive an additional 9 points added onto their final exam grade. 15 points is the most extra credit points that can be attained from this game (which will be added onto the final exam grade.) But the only way students can gain any extra credit points is to show their work on the activity sheets and hand them into the teacher!

Michael Duarte
10/17/03