After setting up the teams and the competition, it’s now time to play the game! In this lesson, students will learn their 6,7,8, & 9 times table as well as improve thier mental strategies for solving problems.
Australian Curriculum Links:
- Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts (ACMNA075)
- Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers (ACMNA123)
- Solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies (ACMNA100)
- Invite a student (Preferably a boy) to explain how a game of AFL Football is scored. A game of AFL is scored with 6 points and 1 point for a behind.
- State to the students, we will be simulating games of AFL football, whilst learning our timestables in the process.
- Invite a student to come up the front of the room. Get them to draw a 5 x 3 grid in the back of their maths books.
- Label the thress columns, Goals, Behinds and Points
- Give the students to 2 Dice saying once colour is the goals and the other is the behinds (I like to use green= goals, blue=behinds!). Invite the student to roll.
- Ask the class ” Now Sam rolled a 5 with the green dice and a 2 with the blue dice, What is his score?” Well 5 multiplied by 6=30 add 2 gives me a score of 32.
- Now i would roll “Ok i rolled 4 goals 3 behinds, what’s my score?” 27
- Keep rolling until eventually we have a winner. Make sure you add your score progresively.
- Invite students to play round 1 of the tournament.
- As students play the game more and more, change the value of a goals 6 to 7,8 & 9 for extensions.
- Discuss different strategies on how to multiply the sums as well as shortcuts for addition too.
** In my classroom, I used this a warm up game about 2-3 times per week. It was great to get students thinking and they relished the opprotunity to compete against each other. But you can use this however you like!
- None really- Just Anecdotal
- Dice 2 different colours
- Maths Books