A Paper/pencil or Digital Math Game to Provide
Self-Differentiation and Promote Discussion
If you're like me (and so many other teachers), you know that task cards can be used in sooo many ways in middle school and upper elementary math classes. From centers to Footloose (or Scoot) to exit tickets to entrance tickets to mini-quizzes - the list is long!
Math Truth or Dare Game with Task Cards
However, if you're like me in other ways, you're always looking for something new and different to spice up math class. This year, my "new and different" was to start playing Truth or Dare in math and language arts classes!
To use task cards this way, some of the question cards need to be written as True or False questions, which can make the questions a little trickier and lead to more in-depth thinking.
Dare questions are a little harder, and require students to complete more calculation or explain more than the Truth cards, and so they are worth more points. (Truth cards are worth one point and Dare cards are worth 2 or 3. I've even thrown in a 4-pointer here and there:-)
Playing Math Truth or Dare (paper/pencil version)
This is how to play this math game (or ELA, or any subject!)
1. Students are in groups of 3 – 4.
2. Students each get a recording sheet.
3. Each group gets a set of “Truth” cards and a set of “Dare” cards (I make 18 of each). These go into separate piles, for students to pick from.
4. Students can decide who should go first, and then for each student’s turn, they can decide to choose a Truth card or a Dare card.
5. During their turn, students should read the card aloud to the group, record their answer/work on the recording sheet, and share their answer with the group. (I allow students to discuss the answers after the "official" answer is given, and sometimes students end up having great discussions!)
6. When students answer a Truth card correctly, they earn 1 point. Dare cards are 2 or 3 points each – students won’t know the point value until they choose a card. The point value will be recorded in the “Points Attempted” column on the recording sheet.
7. Students check the answers and record points they earned. Once all answers are checked and points earned are recorded, students add up their points to see who won!
Check out this video to learn more about the way the game is played with paper/pencil - in any subject (it's an old one, lol)!
Benefits of the Truth or Dare Game
1) It makes math practice fun and engaging,
What makes this game fun? Well, it's a little different - with the "dare" part in there. Students also don't always know how many points the Dare card will be worth, so that offers a little excitement.
2) It gives a chance for self-differentiation
I like the fact that students can choose the type of question they want, so it allows for some self-differentiation...the choice gives the more hesitant students the chance to feel a little more confident.
Digital Math Truth or Dare
After creating several paper and pencil Truth or Dare games, my wonderful friend Leah (Secondary Resources for Social Studies & English) suggested I make a Google classroom version, and I'm so glad I did! It's easy to use and there's little to no copying needed! (A little copying if I want students to write their work/answers on paper; no copying if I want to share the Truth or Dare game in Edit mode and have students type their answers.)
Check out the 2-minute video below - it shows how the game works in Edit mode (there are one or two "slow to refresh" spots in the video, so please don't think it's not working:-)
You can check out the Truth or Dare games in my TPT shop.
I hope you can use this game idea-it can be used in any subject!
P.S. Truth or Dare games (as well as other activities) are also available to play here on my site, as web-based activities. You can check them out here.
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