# A fun math game: Great for Whole Class and Small Guided Math Groups

I saw this great math game that builds flexibility. I have adapted it a bit but it basically goes like this:

- Start Here. ..End There!” (Petreshene, 1985): give the students a pair of numbers and they have to keep making them in different ways. For example, “if you give the students 3 and 24 they have to come up with ways to make it work, by following a specific order. They can use any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For example, if the designated numbers are 3 and 24, some possibilities would be:
- 3×8 = 24

3×9-3 = 24

3+10+10+1 = 24″You can do it with smaller numbers for primary grades where they would use just addition and subtraction. For example,

2+2+8 =12

2+3+9= 12

2+4+4+2 =12

2 + 5 + ….. and so on

Petreshene, S. S. (1985).

*Mind joggers! 5 to 15 minute activities that make kids think*. West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc. cited at: http://s22318.tsbvi.edu/mathproject/ch2.aspTry it and let me know how it goes with your students!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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