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 operations...you 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!