Integer Review Competition
Jennifer, Sarah, Darrell, Russ
Students in MathEd 300, Fall 1996
University of Regina
Assume there are 30 students in the class.
- Break the class up into 5 groups of 6, group size is at the teachers
- The teacher is to give the class an integer, for example -5
- Each group then has to record how many ways -5 could be found , for this
example, using addition and subtraction. It is also important to set some sort of
interval. So in this case, let's say the students can only use the numbers
between -10 and 10. If an interval was not set, the amount of answers would be
In the case of -5, the students should have written, -10+5, -9+4, -8+3, -7+2
-6+1, -5+0, -3-2, -4-1
- Have each group read out separately, the answers they have written down,
then see if the other groups have the same answers, whether they disagree with any of
the answers given, and if they have any they would like to add.
This exercise can also include multiplication and division. Also, the class can
be broken up however the teacher would like. This type of group work could be
used for many other topics in math. It is not just for integers as you may see.
It is a good way for the students to work together and review a topic without the
stress of a test. It could also help students who are having problems but are too
afraid to ask a teacher. Group work can save a child from an uncomfortable
situation, which could occur if they were to do it individually. Group work is
much more productive method.
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