# ALEX Learning Activity

## Skee Ball Champion

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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 Author: Ginger Boyd System: Geneva County School: Samson Middle School
General Activity Information
 Activity ID: 2457 Title: Skee Ball Champion Digital Tool/Resource: Skee Ball Web Address – URL: https://www.y8.com/games/skee_ball Overview: This is a fun learning activity that connects math to the real-world of arcade games. In this learning activity, students collaborate to find a strategy to win 450 points and win the grand prize playing Skee Ball. The students will then have the opportunity to practice their strategy on a virtual Skee Ball game.This alignment is a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):
 Mathematics MA2019 (2019) Grade: 4 10. Use place value strategies to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers and connect strategies to the standard algorithm. Unpacked Content Evidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Use place value strategies and properties of operations to build procedural fluency and understanding of the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction. Note: Expectations are limited to whole numbers within 1,000,000.Teacher Vocabulary:Addition Subtraction Standard algorithm Place value Decompose Compose Fluently Multi-digit Strategy Difference SumKnowledge:Students know: a variety of accurate and efficient strategies to find sums and differences and use them when appropriate.Skills:Students are able to: Use place value strategies to add and subtract multi-digit numbers. Use the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction and connect strategies to the standard algorithm. Understanding:Students understand that: There are a variety of strategies, models, and representations for solving mathematical problems with addition and subtraction. Efficient application of computation strategies is based on the numbers and operations in the problems. The steps used in the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction can be justified by using the relationship between addition and subtraction and the understanding of place value. Diverse Learning Needs: Essential Skills:Learning Objectives: M.4.10.1: Multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 x 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. M.4.10.2: Multiply single-digit numbers. M.4.10.3: Recall basic multiplication facts. M.4.10.4: Apply concepts of multiplication through the use of manipulatives, number stories, skip-counting arrays, area of a rectangle, or repeated addition. Prior Knowledge Skills:Define the commutative and associative properties of addition and subtraction. Subtract within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on the relationship between addition and subtraction. Subtract within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on properties of operations. Subtract within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on place value. Add within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on the relationship between addition and subtraction. Add within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on properties of operations. Add within 100 using strategies and algorithms based on place value. Recall basic addition and subtraction facts. Define regrouping, total, sum, difference and solve. Add and subtract two two-digit numbers with and without regrouping. Determine the value of the number in the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands place using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value. Match the number in the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands position to a pictorial representation or manipulative of the value. Model written method for recording horizontal and vertical addition and subtraction problems. Represent two- and three-digit numbers with multiple models. Examples: models—base ten blocks, number lines, linking cubes, straw bundles. Recall single-digit addition and subtraction facts. Add and subtract within 20, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem. Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: M.AAS.4.11 Add and subtract one and two-digit numbers up to 49 with regrouping using concrete manipulatives and visual models.
Learning Objectives:

The students will be able to collaboratively brainstorm strategies to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm to solve a given problem.

Strategies, Preparations and Variations
 Phase: After/Explain/Elaborate Activity: This activity is best used after teaching students how to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.Explain to the students that many arcades have a game called Skee Ball where you roll a ball up a ramp and into a hole to earn points. You earn more points when the ball goes into smaller holes. The more points you earn, the more tickets you get to buy prizes with. As a bonus, if you earn at least 450 points, you win their grand prize which gives you as many as a thousand tickets. Tell the students today they will work together to find the best strategy to get 450 points and win the grand prize.Group the students into groups with no more than four students per group. Distribute the Skee Ball Strategy Worksheet (one per group). Give the students 15 minutes to collaboratively work on finding a strategy to solve the problem. When the group thinks they have their strategy, they can practice their strategy virtually on the following Skee Ball Game Website. At the end of the 15-minute work session, each group will share their strategy with the class. Assessment Strategies: The students will be assessed on their Skee Ball Strategy Worksheet. The teacher should check for usage of the standard algorithm previously taught. Advanced Preparation: The teacher will need to print out the Skee Ball Strategy worksheet (one per group). Variation Tips (optional): Notes or Recommendations (optional):
Keywords and Search Tags
 Keywords and Search Tags: adding and subtracting whole numbers, real world connection