Recently in math class, we have been learning about algebra. More specifically, how we can use algebra tiles to show expressions. For this project, we were tasked with creating a game for more than one person using tiles to show math problems. We started by learning a bit of background information about how to use algebra tiles, and then dived right in. I worked on this project with Isy, and we decided to make a game involving breakfast food.
We created little tiles out of paper and cardstock and designed our game boards to look like picnic blankets. Then, we designed a game that challenged players to race to create an algebraic equation into a diagram. This video goes more in-depth to explain just how the game works.
Overall, I don’t think that I learned much from this project, but I am proud of the game that we ended up creating.
Here are the competencies that I used in this!
strategies to solve puzzles
and play games – we designed a game using mathematical equations to problem solve using a board game design
concepts with each other,
other areas, and personal
interests – we connected algebraic expressions and theory to games and physical representations such as tiles
Visualize to explore and
concepts and relationships – we visualized algebraic expressions through algebra tiles in order to simplify or expand
ideas in concrete, pictorial,
and symbolic forms – we used algebra tiles to physically understand how and why factoring and expanding equations works