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engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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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.