Saturday, September 28, 2013


The math module ends with a game called,"Salute".
This game is for at least 3 people. One person acts as a captain and deals one card to each player. Without looking at the card, players hold the card up to their foreheads and say “salute”. The captain says the sum, difference or product of the two cards. The player to guess the number on their card first wins both cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the session or deck wins. For example, imagine player 1 has a 9 and player 2 has a 4. If the students are practicing addition the captain will say “The sum is 13.” Subtraction: “The difference is 5.” Multiplication: “The product is 36”. The first player to guess the number on their own card wins the cards. For older children, it is possible to practice all three math skills at once. The captain can rotate through each of the phrases throughout game play. This makes game play even more challenging and exciting for the children.

The best take away from the module would be that children learn best with concrete materials. Instead of explaining verbally through modeling, it is better when children get to try it by themselves. Through exploration and experimentation of materials, children learn the concepts more effectively. I felt that the discussions and conversations I had with my group while solving each math problem was enriching. Till the next math problem ...

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