Friday, July 26, 2013

Mathological Liar

Have you ever heard of SmileMakers?  That's the store that sells stickers and pencils right?  Well, they do sell stickers and pencils and about a bazillion other amazing things for teachers.  SmileMakers LOVES teachers.  They even have a special perks program just for teachers.  You can check it out by clicking on the picture below.

Not long ago, I was contacted by SmileMakers.  They wanted to know if I would try out their Mathological Liar game.  I really like this game.  It's set up so the students are detectives and have to solve a case.  Each case has 4 suspects.  Each suspect gives their alibi which involves some sort of math. All of the suspects for each case use the same math skill.  For example, in Case #1 someone stole Pete's pickles.  Each suspect's alibi involves common fractions (halves, fourths, fifths).   Each card is labeled with the math skilled used, so you can find the case that works in with your current unit of study or you can use them in the order listed.

I am going to use this as part of my math journals.  I plan on putting all of the cards on my ELMO and projecting them on my SMARTboard.  Students can solve the case by checking each suspect's math.  Then they can justify their solution in writing.  Students can also orally explain their reasoning which includes even more of the common core standards.  This game is really a fun way to have kids solve multiple step word problems.  I highly recommend it!

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