Tes Maths ROTW: Gradient grids game

Craig Barton
26th June 2017

Resource title: Gradient grids game

Resource author: LALorimer

What is it?

Picture the scene. Your class are finally comfortable with calculating gradients and distances, but you want to consolidate their understanding in an engaging way. You think you’re facing hours of planning ahead but then you stumble upon a gem of a resource...

In this simple strategy game, pairs of students compete against each other by plotting points until no more legal moves can be made. And, as always, there is a fun twist; a particular gradient or distance can only be used once per game.

How can it be used?

This works best when used as an end-of-topic recap. It comes with a huge variety of game structures, which helps pupils to stay focused as they check their partner’s answers for mistakes. If disputes emerge, either you or another student can be on hand to referee.

Once your class are familiar with the format, try challenging them to find the longest game structure possible. Even I have yet to figure that one out!

 

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.


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