Summer SAVY 2014 Session 4, Day 4 – Awesome Algebra (Rising 2nd/3rd)
Today was another great day at SAVY! We looked at patterns on the hundreds chart with multiples of 2 through 10. Students thought it was interesting to shade in the patterns and see them visually. We noticed which multiples created columns and diagonals. Students also made great connections to the patterns of 3, 6, and 9. That led to a great discussion of multiples and why that works. Then we were able to make connections to other multiples. Even though many students are familiar with multiplication, seeing some of these patterns visually helps them understand number relationships more deeply.
We played some more games today as well. In one game, students had to try to make 15 with three cards. This sounds simple, but they had to use strategy because their partner was trying to do the same. So they had to play offense and defense! We made some interesting comparisons to the game of tic tac toe because there are nine cards to choose from and nice spaces on a tic tac toe board. There is a free version of this game that can be played online or downloaded to a tablet or phone. It is called “Deep Sea Duel,” and it is created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The app can be adjusted to be easier or more difficult depending on the challenge level that the player wants.