Maths - Bingo number games add up

24th June 2011 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

If you are looking for a quick and efficient way of revising the most important exam topics, this set of bingo resources could be just the thing. TES maths adviser Craig Barton stumbled upon them when he was putting together some revision lessons for a borderline C to D grade group, where he wanted them to have the key skills in place, but avoid using textbooks or worksheets.

How to use it

The format is simple. Students have to put together a grid of numbers from an initial selection, and then each time an answer to a question matches one of their numbers, they tick it off.

"It amazed me how simply adding this little competitive twist meant that my bunch of lethargic 16-year-olds were suddenly attentive and eager to win," says Mr Barton.

The careful selection of the questions will help you to work out where the areas of need are, and are written in PowerPoint so you can edit them to meet your needs.

One of the authors of the collection, Zebfreidman, says: "We have used them for starters, plenaries and for revision. I have, in the past, given students the outline of a Bingo PowerPoint and got them to develop the questions for the rest of the class."

Algebra bingo, for example, includes a list of equations, co-ordinates to calculate, and expanding brackets. In probability bingo, the answers on the grid correspond to statements such as the probability of getting two heads if two coins are flipped, or the probability of getting a prime number if a normal dice is thrown.

Where to find it

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