Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Race to the Top
Race to the Top is a fun computation activity to use when you want to start off class with a small review from the day before or you have just a few minutes of time to use up before the end of class. This is a picture of one of the completed review triangles from muliplying with monomials I used the other day. Start off with the blank worksheet that I have attached. The teacher fills in the bottom row with different values. I chose monomials since that is what we were working on, but you can use integers, fractions, whatever you happen to be working on. You can use this to practice mulitplication, addition facts- whatever your students need more practice with. Make enough copies of this sheet for each row in the classroom. Students in each row start at the bottom of the triangle solving one problem at a time by performing the operation on two triangles next to each other and placing the answer in the triangle above them before passing the paper down the row to the next person in the row. I had students muliply the monomials in this example sheet. As you can see, the problems get more difficult as you work up to the top. The first row with the correct answer wins. If they have the wrong answer, I have them go back to find their mistake and make corrections as needed still working in their rows.