SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 3 – Games Galore (Rising 1st/2nd)
What are 6 ducks doing in a paper bag? The answer, waiting for the daily guesser to figure out what colors they are, by using what we know and what the math infers to us. Our guesser did a great job this morning, as did the recorder. The final guess of how many colors and number of each out of 6 total, was 5/6 correct! This one was intentionally challenging because there were 3 blue ducks, 1 purple duck, 1 yellow duck, and 1 pink duck. We had to do a lot of thinking and everyone did a great job!
After this mathematical activity, we read a book called, No Fair! Three student actors played parts in this book and told the story of friends who couldn’t agree on how to decide who should go first in a game, and how to identify unfairness in a game and how to fix it. We came up with several great ideas for deciding who should go first, such as, roll a dice, oldest to younger, youngest to oldest and rock-paper-scissors. One of the kids in the story told his friend that since they could not decide which game to play first (his or hers), they could pull marbles from the bag and if he got yellow, they would play his game, but if she got blue, they would play her game. Seemed like a fair way to choose which game to play first. When the friend looked in the bag and saw only 1 blue marble and 10 yellow marbles, she exclaimed: No Fair! We discussed ways to make the draw fair, such as only having 1 of each marble, or having 5 of each marble. Bottom line is that we know to be fair, there must be equal chance to win!
Next, we experimented with rolling 1 six-sided die to see what would happen with repeated rolls. We set up our data table of 1-6 spaces, and then we rolled the die 36 times and recorded where each roll fell, by using tally marks. After rolling and tallying, we transferred the tally marks to numbers and evaluated what we saw as outcomes. We shared our data and found interesting outcomes of the combined classroom data such as the more frequently rolled numbers were 6 and 1. The least frequently numbers were 4, 5, 2. Later in the afternoon, we experimented with rolling 2 dice at once, adding them together and charting with tally marks, from 1-12. We did the same data recording and evaluating.
Then, we began planning our very own board games that will be uniquely created by us to share with each other and our family. We discussed how important it is to plan intentionally, and so we used graph paper and plain white paper to begin our process. We will share our ideas tomorrow with our friends and through this, we will gain important feedback so we can make any revisions before we go to the final game.
Finally, we played another game to determine whether it was fair or unfair. This was a lot of fun because we actually got to analyze a game by testing it through play. We decided it was not fair, so we came up with ways to revise it to make it fair.
More game playing tomorrow!