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author: Pat Brousseau
level:
Elementary
target_English: Numbers
I use this to practice numbers. Keep your math limited to the grade  don't
give division questions to first graders, but simple addition will probably
bore the sixth graders. Usually I keep track of points by attributing them
to a boy team and girl team, but if numbers are mismatched just divide
the class in half.
Begin by reviewing the target numbers (112, 1220, 2031, 100 etc). Then
write a simple math question on the board to get them started. Say the
numbers as you write them  "Ten plus five!" as you write 10+5,
for example. Tell students to raise their hand if they know the answer
in English. Choose a student with their hand up, and if they're right,
write the solution on the board.
The reason I call it the Evil Numbers game is because it gets progressively
harder. After a few simple addition or subtraction questions, try something
like 10+56. Or algebra  10 + X = 15 or (1 + 4) x ( 3  2 ). The last
question is sure to stump the class but produce a big laugh from the teacher.
I usually give them something like (1+3+174x40+7540)x(22). Usually one
student will figure out very quickly that the answer is zero while the
rest of them scratch their heads. So not only do they get English number
practice, they learn to think outside the box, as the saying goes.
For big groups, this works well in the gym. Have two
students from each team come up and attempt to answer a question. To keep them
moving, have the losing team jump the number of times written on the board as
the solution  if team A answers correctly that 102=8, then team B must jump 8
times! Spin works well too.
Pat Brousseau
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