Monday, July 25, 2011

Math Game Monday ~ Order of Operations Millionaire Game

Happy Monday!

Today's Math Game is an online Millionaire game for Order of Operations.

I don't know about you, but my 7th graders still struggle with this concept!  This is a fun way to practice applying order of know ~ that good ole Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.

There are 2 modes for this game:  1 player and 2 players.  I would also consider this as a 1 team or 2 teams option.  

As always, for the 1 player option, you could display this on your ActivBoard for whole-class participation.  However, I sort of like this one for individual or partner computer time!

Students can choose from 13 characters and enter their own names.

Just like on TV, there are 3 Helplines available:  50/50, Phone A Friend, and Ask the Audience.  50/50 is self-explanatory.  Phone A Friend gives the student or team 30 seconds to discuss the answer.  Ask the Audience only works is you have online polling devices.  I don't, so I would just tell my students that is not an option.

Also just like on TV, there's a dramatic feel when moving from question to question and a cool little bit of music!

The questions start with a value of $10,000 and go up to a value of $100,000.  The questions do get progressively harder.  Many of the common mistakes students make when applying order of operations are addressed in the questions.

Here are 2 example from when I played the game myself.

                $10,000          10 - 3 x 2

                $100,000        (2 + 3)^3 - (11 - 4)^2 x 2

Each question allows 100 seconds to answer.

When the student 'becomes a millionaire', there are fireworks on the screen and students can print a certificate congratulating them!  In my opinion, if a student can answer all those questions, I'll buy the paper for the certificates myself if I have to!  I think parents would like to see it as well. 

Here's what it looks like:

For the 2 player version, when a student misses a question, points are deducted and their turn is lost.

I enjoyed playing this game and I hope you'll find it useful...and that your students will enjoy it also!

Mathematically yours,

1 comment:

  1. Wow. How did you know I'm starting my year off with order of operations. You just made lesson planning much easier for me!

    Ashley (Teaching-To Go Blog)