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 Add fun and variety to your class by playing a game. Games break the monotony of taking notes and solving problems, taking notes and solving problems. Different students will take interest and excel at different types of activities. Games are also fun for the teacher. The ideas below can be used with or without our software and can be adapted for any class from Pre-Algebra to Algebra 2 and beyond.

 Whole Class Competition Group activity  /  Divide class in half  /  Suitable for a unit or whole course review  /  15-50 min Overview - Divide the class into two. One student from each team comes to the board and tries to solve the same problem. The first student to get the right answer wins a point for their team. Planning - Create a worksheet with about 60 questions. This can easily be done with a Kuta Software product by merging past assignments and then scaling the length to 60 questions. Make the assignment one page long if possible. Print the assignment with "answers in context." Bring the answer sheet to class. Classroom Setup - Divide the class into two. The easiest method is to make the left half of the room one team and the right half of the room the other team. On the board, draw two vertical lines to separate it into three parts. The middle part is for you, the part on the left is for the team on the left, and the part on the right is for the team on the right. Have each group provide a name. Write the team names on the appropriate sides of the board. Play - One student from each team comes to the board. Write a question in the middle of the board. The first student to give the correct answer to the problem receives a point for their team. The order in which students come to the board should be simple, such as "this row from front to back, then this row from front to back... etc." At the board, the student indicates a final answer by circling it. An answer is not considered official until it is circled. An answer that has been circled cannot be changed. If both students at the board get the question wrong, then the question remains the same for the next two students, but the question is now worth more points. Discipline can be maintained very effectively with this rule: Students may talk while no students are at the board, but as soon as a question is on the board, then the class has to be quiet. If a team member talks then the other team gets a point. Note that the students at the board continue working even if a team surrenders a point due to talking. The students at the board can't be helped by anyone on their team. Reward the winning team.