Order of Operations Smartboard Game

OrderOfOperationsAllow your students to reveal the hidden picture by matching the equations to the side with the boxes containing their corresponding answer. But beware, for they should also take note that they should follow a certain operational order when performing their calculations; otherwise, they would not be able to match the boxes correctly!

There are a number of ways to convert this into a team game. The teacher can opt to time each group to see how long it would take for them to reveal the mystery picture – the group with the fastest time wins.  Alternatively, each group could be given a set time to reveal as many hidden pictures as they can, with the team revealing the most winning the game. Another possible option is that the groups could take turns in revealing a box and then attempting to guess what is hidden underneath; the group that makes the first correct guess wins.

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Coin Combo Smartboard Game

Coin ComboIn an interesting combination of money recognition and addition, players are asked to click on coins that would amount to the total that is displayed on the upper-left side of the screen until the given time has ended and the player moves on to the next level.

However, there is a catch.  As time progresses, coins continually drop at random positions in a steady pace from the top of the screen.  If even just one stack of coins become high enough to reach the red-colored level at the top, the game ends.  The only way to prevent this from happening is to be fast enough to choose the correct coins so that those above them can drop down.  The rate in which the coins fall depends on the player’s level; the higher the level, the faster they come.

Though there is no score, teachers can convert this game into a simple challenge where the student(s) with the highest level reached wins the game.  Alternatively, if possible, one can open two instances of the game and ask two groups to play at the same time; the group that lasts longer wins the game.

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Math Fact Practice Smartboard Game

math_factA math challenge that can be played by many different levels, Math Fact Practice pits students against the clock as they try to answer as many addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems as possible.

Teachers are provided with many customization options at the beginning of the game, depending on their students’ education level and how difficult they want the math questions to be.  To add a further challenge, they may also opt to divide the class into two or more groups with representatives; whomever gets the most correct answers within the given time wins the game.

At the end of the game, aside from reporting how many numbers were answered, teachers are also presented with the students’ average computation speed for every operator, helping them adjust their teaching accordingly.

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Dinosaur Dive Smartboard Game

dinosaurdiveThis activity allows students to have fun while using math and gaining a rudimentary understanding of water volume and displacement.

Kids are asked to insert a certain dinosaur into a pond that would increase its water’s depth to a given mark.  As the game’s difficulty progresses, they would have to use their addition skills to reach the target.

It’s definitely an interesting way to learn basic physics, without the need for a messy laboratory!

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