Sunday, July 21, 2024

Stay Standing

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
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‘Stay Standing’ is a game which could be played with any age group to reinforce any mental agility strategy.

I use it with finding fractions of whole numbers. These are printed on cards and displayed in front of two players at a time. The game begins with one pupil standing behind his neighbour, who is seated at his desk.

The first pupil to answer correctly (1/5 of 75, 1/3 of 66 etc.) stands behind the next pupil and so on until he is beaten and has to sit down in the place of the pupil who beat him – the new contestant. His score can be the target to beat for that day.

It can be made as gameshow-like as desired. ‘Will you stay standing, or will you go home with nothing?’

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