Gobble! Math Game
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: November 9, 2002
several empty, half-sized Pringles cans. Wash out and dry. Cover the outside with
brown construction paper.Glue a turkey's head (any kind of turkey clipart). Glue
to the front of the can and add feathers to the back side of the can. (Either
use fake feathers from the craft store or just cut out of construction paper.)
Now your game canister is complete!
out small strips of paper with math equations on them. If you are studying addition,
make addition cards; if you are working with your multiplication facts, make multiplication
cards! On at least 10 of your cards, write the words, "Gobble! Gobble!"
Place all of your cards in each canister.
to Play: Pass out a turkey canister to small groups of students. Set your timer
for 3 minutes. Instruct students that they are to pass the canister around the
circle one at a time. When the turkey gets to them, they are to pull out one equation
card. Next, they are to read the equation out loud to the group and answer the
equation. If the group agrees that it is the correct answer, that person gets
to keep their card. If the answer is not correct, that student may still keep
their card, but the group must help them answer it correctly. Each group wants
to continue passing around the turkey as many times as they can, collecting cards,
before the timer runs out. But watch out! As soon as someone pulls out a "Gobble!
Gobble!" card, EVERYONE must give their cards to that person! Continue play
until the timer goes off. The person with the most amount of cards in each group
is the winner! Play several 3 minute rounds for added enjoyment and learning.