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- Take colored pieces of paper and lay them around your classroom. I used red, yellow, blue, green, orange and yellow and this is the order I laid them out. Choose a pattern and keep it throughout the room.
- Teaching Note: I had different pathways but it was confusing to students. I changed my papers to only travel one path in my classroom.
- On white pieces of paper, have the four math operations (plus, minus, times, and divide).
- Teaching Note: You only need one copy of each. Spread these out amongst the colored sheets.
- On the first paper, write start. On the last paper, write finish.
- Deck of cards, You need to have the four operation symbols + colors of paper on the ground in the card deck for the game.
- Teaching Note: I used the google documents playing card template to make my deck.
- To mark the game board, use things already in your room. (stapler, tape, pencil, cups, etc.) Teaching Note: You need enough for each group to have one.
- Place students into groups of 3-4.
- Give students a problem set. You could share a Google Document with them, give them a worksheet, assign them problems from their book, hang problems on the wall, etc.)
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- Solve a problem.
- Check it with your teacher.
- Draw a card from the deck and move the appropriate amount of spaces.
- Repeat previous steps until you finish.