Practising basic mathematical operations with small numbers. Searching for multiple solutions, ideal for working in small groups (of 2 or 3 pupils).

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Author: | Hana Slípková |

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Subject: | Mathematics, |

Time needed: | 10 min. |

Pupil age: | 5-7 years, 8-11 years, |

Product: | TOGlic, |

Pupil count: | does not matter |

Accessories: | tablets/PC, activity Word games PLUS |

Practising basic mathematical operations with small numbers. Searching for multiple solutions, ideal for working in small groups (of 2 or 3 pupils).

Go to www.TOGlic.com and log in. Choose the option *Activities – Working with words – Word games PLU*S from the Start screen.

Enter the numbers and signs for the operations to be used by the pupils to create the math tasks. You may use all the 16 fields or less. Select the numbers so that they enable creation of tasks. Advisably, a time limit should be defined (such as 5 minutes), otherwise the game may become too long.

For the set of the numbers and signs used in this sheet, see the activity *Word games PLUS – My sets – Available sets – Mathematics – How many arithmetical problems *(or click the Try it button).

Click at the *Dispatch* button to send the selected set of numbers and signs to the pupil devices – all the pupils see the same set.

The teacher gives the following task: "*Use the given numbers and operation signs to create as many math tasks as you can.*"

Set the rules, such as the maximum number of elements; the result must be bigger than 10 etc. Note – the pupils may use the numbers repetitively and even “join” them together (*e.g. double clicking at “1” produces “11”*). The number of available solutions is increased by that. Or, you may set the rule on the outset that the pupils are not permitted to “join” the numbers.

You can try, how it works here:

All pupils will see the same directions. The pupils create the tasks that get continuously displayed on the teacher device. Using the overview, you see instantly who

- has been the first to create a task,
- has got the largest number of tasks,
- has got the largest number of original tasks,
- has got the most original task... (for the above sample, it may be
*e.g. 3+2+5+3=14-8+7*) - you have an option to exclude an incorrectly created task by a click.

For the beginner arithmeticians, the operations may be limited to +/- and the count up to 20.

Older pupils may be instructed to create equalities (such as 8+2=5+5), with a simultaneously set requirement, e.g.

- that a different operation should be used for each side of such equation (e.g. 8+2=5×2)
- that the result is divisible by 3, or
- that the result is bigger than 10 and smaller than 20.

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