Countdown
Countdown is an old favourite of mine. The game below is an excellent flash version of the game created by D. Keith at www.subtangent.com, and features the number, letter and even the conundrum games.
The idea for the numbers game is that you are given a selection of random numbers (you have some choice between big and small numbers), and a random number is generated. You then have to use the numbers and operations to get as close to the target number as possible.
The letters game is similar, but you have to make the longest word possible with the 9 letters you choose.
The conundrum is a word puzzle where a long word has been scrambled, and you have to find it.
The idea for the numbers game is that you are given a selection of random numbers (you have some choice between big and small numbers), and a random number is generated. You then have to use the numbers and operations to get as close to the target number as possible.
The letters game is similar, but you have to make the longest word possible with the 9 letters you choose.
The conundrum is a word puzzle where a long word has been scrambled, and you have to find it.
Ideas for Teachers
Countdown is an excellent game for use as a starter as students enter the room. Playing a few rounds means that those who arrive earlier have something to be doing, and the others can drop in as they go along (30 seconds for a round means nobody is left waiting long).
A possible extension for the activity would be to look at order of operations, and how they could write their solutions in a single sum.
Countdown is an excellent game for use as a starter as students enter the room. Playing a few rounds means that those who arrive earlier have something to be doing, and the others can drop in as they go along (30 seconds for a round means nobody is left waiting long).
A possible extension for the activity would be to look at order of operations, and how they could write their solutions in a single sum.
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