- Teams sit in a row.
- Teams are not allowed to work together.
- I post a problem and every individual student works on the problem independently.
- Once the students are finished I check their work.
- I start by checking the first person in the row. If the first person is correct I give that row/team 5 points. If the first person is not correct, then I check every single person behind him. For every correct response, I award that row/team that many points.
- I check all rows in this manner.
- For the rows/teams that have one less student, I count the second person as 2 points rather than 1.
- The first person moves to the back of the row, everyone else moves up a seat, and we do it all over again.
This game gives me a chance to see where the class is as a whole. If everyone in the first seat gets a problem correct, chances are the majority of the class is ready to move on. If I see that all the teams are getting a low score on a problem then I know that is something I need to spend more time on.
I have also used this game to introduce topics. I will start with something they will have prior knowledge of and build from there. For example: In my Algebra 1 course we have previously covered Simplifying Radicals and the Pythagorean Theorem with Rational Solutions. I began the row game with those two topics. Once I felt the students remembered how to do these problems, I gave them a right triangle to solve where the solution was a radical that needed to be simplified.
Try this game out....let me know how it worked in your classroom.