Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Who Wants To Be A Mathematician?

by Mark Warner
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The class are told of the game based on the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ TV programme.

All the children sit at their tables and the teacher selects a child to play the game by having a ‘fastest brain first’ Maths question. The child who gives the correct answer the quickest comes to the front of the class to play.

When in the hot seat, the child has to answer three (or more) questions based on the learning objectives. These questions need to be answered as quickly as possible, and only the first answer can be accepted. At the same time, the rest of the children are told to think of the answer as well as, if the contestant gets it wrong, you will be picking another player who has the right answer to sit in the hot seat.

Whilst in the chair, the contestant gets two ‘lifelines’ to help him/her. These are ‘ask the audience’, in which the majority of right answers from the rest of the class could influence the answer, or ‘phone a friend’, where the contestant is allowed to ask one of his/her class friends to help them.

This activity is a great oral / mental starter but could be used as part of the main teaching activity.

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