The idea behind this is essentially the same as here but switches it up just enough so the kids think it is a new game....

Students were given 4 problem situations in which they had to solve multi-step problems by writing an expression and solving the expression using the order of operations

Ex - Ms. Stephens is twelve less than 3 times your age.... how old is she?

Expression: 12*3-12 = 24

Good assignment...just a little boring in my opinion.

So.... students worked in groups. Here are procedures for group work:

When every student in a group have agreed on an answer, they call me over to check. If correct, students get to draw a card. Throughout class each group collected cards.

At the end of class I asked students to find the total value of their cards (face cards = 10 and aces = 11). I told students that the groups that total was closest to my age were the winners! In the future, I could switch it up by announcing the winners are those with the lowest total, or most hearts, or most face cards, etc.

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