Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Math Poker

Looking for something easy yet fun to do in math class? Math Poker is an activity that takes little to no preparation. Students love to play and it is a great use of class time! I generally use this as a review activity and get math problems from the chapter review in the textbook for the game. All the students need is a piece of paper divided into three columns. The first column is labeled "Bets". The middle column is labeled "Show me the Math". The third column is labeled "Total Earnings".
Students start the activity with $100. They must make a bet of at least $1, and can not place a bet for more money than what they have in their account. I ask students to place their bet before I place the problem up on the smartboard to view. Students must show their work in the middle column. If they get the answer correct, they double their bet and add it to their total earnings. If they miss the problem the student must subtract the bet from their previous total. If students run out of money, they come to the front of the class to earn $10. I might ask them to give me a math formula, or solve a problem to earn the money. At the end of the game, students with the most money can get a prize. The great part about this activity is that win or lose, every student gets a nice review of the material that will be on the test!

1 comment:

  1. Love this idea! I'm going to try it out. Thanks so much for sharing