5×5 Most Amazing Just for Fun Game
UPDATE DECEMBER 2021 – Simplified Version: I’ve spent quite a bit of time in K-5 world the last several years. This year I introduced this game to my Elem math Ed students. They loved it. Since they are not yet regularly working with students they played it with their familiesand a few turned it into a drinking game. A group working with 2nd graders turned it into more simple version using a 4×4 board and only the number cards from 1-5. It worked well. If you want to try the 4×4 version with students, here is a template of a board you can print out. (Read below for directions on game play) https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Ogi-jpVNFWS9khdq0ZTiFsyYrGxyIaKUpZ4lDVMv-8/edit
UPDATE DECEMBER 2020 – Virtual Options: I love the game in this post (read all about the game below) – but if you and your students are learning remotely, it may be a bit of a challenge to use this game. I’ve created this game in JamBoard as an option for Distance Learning. I included several versions you can edit as you like (Note: to edit, make a copy of the document). Some versions students can write in values or type in values or on some I created moveable numbers students can move. See a few pics below for more ideas…
Click the Button below to be connected to a Google Folder of Resources – with several JamBoard options (and the original printable board). NOTE: You will need to ‘MAKE COPIES’ of these documents to edit them.
Update 7pm: GREAT NEWS! Michelle Schoenberg made a Desmos Version of the 5×5 Game. Check it out HERE!
Update 7:45pm: I now have a version of this game in Google Slides with moveable numbers from Susan Barnhouse. I’ve added it to the resources in the Black Button below. She also recommended using this online set of cards app. Enjoy.
Update 12/14/20: Great News, Again! Scott Davidson made another version of the 5×5 Game in Desmos. Amazing. Check it out HERE!
Update 12/14 6pm: More great news. We have a 2nd version made in Google Slides with a random number generator included and a page for students to select their slide #….etc….all from the great David Sladkey. Click on the black button below to see David’s version.
Update 12/16: GREAT NEWS! Kurt Salisbury just made an amazing Desmos Version of the 5×5 Game. Check it out HERE!
Update 12/17: Yet another great addition. Alisha Zare made a PearDeck version of the 5×5 game. I also love her adaptations suggested for elementary. Click the link below for the PearDeck Version.
NOTE: If anyone creates the 5×5 game in Google Slides or Desmos, I’d love to see what you did. Email me at saravdwPD@gmail.com or message me on Twitter or Instagram.
THE STORY OF THE 5X5 GAME
This post is the first time in 24 years I’ve shared this activity with anyone other than my closest teaching peers (and I did not even share it with most of them). I’ve sworn them to not sharing this activity with anyone. I share everything I make, but I have not shared this. This is my winter break gift to those of you that read my blog.
I’ve used this activity every year I’ve taught. The woman I student taught with, Jane Kostik, taught me this game 24 years ago. I play this game just one time a year, the day before winter break. It is not a game connected to any MN state math standards, it is just for fun. It has a bit of logic and a bit of luck. Both my high performing and students who struggle the most love this game. They beg to play it again. I don’t because I am unwilling to give up more than one day of class to something like this. I love it for the day before winter break because there are always students absent that day and it can be a tough day behavior wise due to students excitement for break – but not with this activity. (note: I refuse to ever, ever, ever – ever – show a movie in class, never ever again).
The reason I have protected this game all these years is because all students arrive to the game never having played it before-so I never have to deal with the ‘This game is boring, we played it last year’ kind of comments. Because I am now willing to share this game widely, I have ONE CONDITION. If you teach at a school that feeds into my own, you may NOT use this game. This means if you teach at Marcy, Sanford, Sullivan, Anishinabe, Folwell, Green, Anderson, Seward or teach Intermediate Algebra or Geometry at South, you may NOT use this. I will know and I will do something to get back at you. Just Sayin.
To the rest of you, here is how my game works.
- I call this game 5×5 (or 5 by 5). You use a sheet of 5×5 grids to play this game. Here is the game board I give students.5×5 game You will have time in a 55 minute class to play 4-6 games.
- You will need a pack of cards with all the face cards removed. Shuffle the remaining cards numbered 1-10 (Aces=1).
I’d love to hear what your favorite game it and have you share it with us all. Send it my way by commenting below, tweet me @saravdwerf or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
POST SCRIPT: While making this post I made a mistake in one of my photos – can you spot it? (2+2+2 is not 8). I am just finishing teaching a unit involving exponents and logarithms. It made me think that I should add a 2nd version of the game where you score points by multiplying values that are in adjacent squares. It would change one’s strategy a bit.