Saturday, February 8, 2014

Spoons - Rational Expression Style

In Algebra 2, we are learning how to simplify, add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions.  They always need a good day of practice to let it sink in.

First, I started them off working in partners with 5 row game examples.  They have different problems that should lead to the same answer.  If they don't get the same answer, they switch papers and find the other person's mistake.  They did well with this.
Row Games - Rational Expressions

Then, they were ready to move onto a whole class competitive activity called Spoons.  I was so excited to try this after I read it on This website.  It was a lot to create the activity.  In total, it is only 6 questions with 6 answers plus I added some incorrect solutions.  However, it took some time to get everything ready.  I put 4 of the same problem on one page and printed those out and cut them out.  Students worked in groups of four, so I clipped them together.  I have one class of 18 and one class of 29.  I did this yesterday with my small class and it went well.  I am a bit nervous to do it in my big class, but I will.  So, it was a lot of printing, cutting, and paperclipping for the problems.  Then, for the answers, I did 8 of each answer, cut them out, glued them to a big index card, and brought them to the library to get laminated - love laminating!  ***Be sure you don't have any mistakes or typos before you laminate.  I did, it is a bummer.

I had the kids move into groups and use a little table in the middle to put all the answer cards on, face down and off to work they went.  It was competitive, it was crazy, but they had fun.  It took about 20 minutes to do the 6 questions.

Here is the activity: Spoons - Rational Expression

Oh, and I added this in the directions of the activity, you may want to add a picture of a spoon to the back of the index card before you laminate it.  I wish I had.  I explained the whole game and we played it and class time was almost up and a student said, "But, wait, we didn't get to play spoons yet."  Hmmmm.

By the way, when I was talking to my colleagues about doing this, I was surprised how many people have never heard of the real spoons game.  I think we need to play it!

69 comments:

  1. Did the row activity with large white boards with students working side-by-side. Fantastic. Did the rational spoons activity as well - a great way to spend a Friday afternoon class. Plus, I was being filmed so thanks for the great idea.

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  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! Do you have non-Dropbox versions?

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  3. If you send your email I can send it. Thanks

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    4. I'd love to receive these in non-dropbox forms as well. My email is kaitlyn_flagg@gwinnett.k12.ga.us if you get around to it!

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    5. I would also love to receive the activity in non-dropbox form if you are able. My email: kah93879@bethel.edu Thanks!

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    6. Can you also send it to me. I am unable to open the dropbox forms. amacaro328@gmail.com

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    7. Could you send me copies of both activities? Please and thank you! esolan990@gmail.com

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    8. This sounds awesome. Would you be able to send me both the Row Games and Spoons activity? ahultstrand@ccapanama.org
      Thanks!

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    9. I would also love this. If you wouldn't mind, please send to jefflafleche@gmail.com

      Thanks

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    10. I would also like this to be the activity for my students. Im a pre service teacher can you send it to me? ghenslad21@gmail.com

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    11. I would love a copy too please. I get an error in the dropbox as well. Thanks! janstephenson@johnston.k12.nc.us

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    12. I would love a copy too please. I get an error in the dropbox as well. Thanks! janstephenson@johnston.k12.nc.us

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    13. Hi! Would you be able to email the activity to me as well??? stwombly@laconiaschools.org

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    14. I would also love the Spoons activity! My email address is: mahonm@mpsct.org.

      Thank you!

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    15. I would love a copy of the Spoons activity and Row game. I get an error in the dropbox when I try to open it. Thanks! camillejhesse@gmail.com

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    16. Same. Can you send a copy to chrisjanssen77@Yahoo.com of both activities?

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    17. I would love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank You!
      elizabeth.vandorn@desertsands.us

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    18. I would love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank You!
      ifullon@gmail.com

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    19. I would love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank You!
      kcuevas@bousd.us

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    20. I would love a copy of these activities as well! Thank you! reneltk@ufrsd.net

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    21. I would love a copy of this as well...please send to ryanbrown@hunschool.org. Thanks!

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    22. Hey! I'm another one who would like to try this, but can't access it. If your still willing to share I'd love it. Thanks! leah.cramer@pisd.edu

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    23. I would love this activity too and I can't open the link:(. My email is lyndaswood@gmail.com

      thanks

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  4. I would love to have the spoons activity as well! I'm unable to open the Dropbox version. If you are willing to share, my email is mmmckee24@gmail.com . Thank you!

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  5. I also cannot access the Dropbox version but this game sounds great! If you get a chance and are willing to share my email is nataliehath72@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  6. I would love to have both activities as well. My email is marysueross@optimum.net. Thanks

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  7. I would love to have both activities as well. My email is marysueross@optimum.net. Thanks

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  8. I would love to have both activities as well. My email is beckyhandford2@gmail.com.

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  9. could you please email me both activities, it's giving me the error as well: rquintanilla@duplinschools.net. Thanks!

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  10. Sounds like a great activity. You are right, practice is imperative in learning how to work with rational expressions. Can you send me a copy? parker9@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  11. Hi, I can't access the files either.. can you email it to me as well? cdepweg @ gmail

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  12. I would love a copy as well! It sounds interesting and I would like to see how it works. Thank you so much!! virginia.virgona@ocps.net

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  13. I would love a copy as well of the Spoon Game. My email is myersee22@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  14. I would love a copy of both as well please. My email address is owensc@wilcoxcountyschools.org

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  15. Would love a copy. allisonozog@u-46.org

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  16. I would love a copy of the Spoons game as well!

    sharon.sterken@nhcs.net

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  18. I would love a copy of the spoons game as well
    kannakanna313@gmail.com

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  19. If you wouldn't mind sending another I'd love to see it. cevans89@forsyth.k12.ga.us

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  20. Please send me a copy of the spoons game. tmrckrm@gmail.com

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  21. I would also love a copy if possible!
    eathomas19@gmail.com

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  22. I would also like a copy if possible.
    kmalone@atown276.net

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  23. I would also like a copy if possible. jean.goff@harlandale.net

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  24. I would love a copy if possible.
    kcebulski6@gmail.com

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  25. May I get a copy of the Spoons Rational Expressions activity and the Row Games Rational Expressions. This looks awesome! drobinson@alpinedistrict.org

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  26. Would you please share a copy of these Rational Expression Activities to jennifer.flores@leonagroup.com Thank you!

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  27. I would love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank You!
    ifullon@gmail.com

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  28. I also would love to have a copy of this activity. My email is cacox@iccms.edu. Thank you so much.

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  29. I would also like a copy of the row and spoon activity. I tried to use the link, but the site was not found. rivetd@northandoverpublicschools.com

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  30. Can you please send a copy to slundberg@pageud.k12.az.us? Thanks!

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  31. Hi, can you send me the non dropbox file? Thanks a lot, and more power! emmabagsit@gmail.com

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  32. The files wont open from the links. Can you send me copies of both files please? mrs.encinias@hotmail.com

    Thank you.

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  33. Hi, would you mind sending me these files to hufstedlnt@vvsd.org Looks great, thanks!!

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  34. Hi! I would love a copy of these files.

    Lisa.abalos@gmail.com

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  35. Can you please send this to me! I am subbing for an Algebra 2 class tomorrow and need this!

    Jillian.mason@leonagroup.com

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  36. I would love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank You!
    lindsay.rattacasa@wwrsd.org

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  37. Hello, I'd love a copy of the row activity and spoon activity. Thank you!!

    sarahhon@spokaneschools.org

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  38. I would also like copies of the activities. Please email them to kleland@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  39. May I please have both activities emailed to me?

    jkaniecki@mcnhs.org

    Thank you!

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  40. May I have both activities emailed to me
    lcastelloe@randolph.k12.nc.us

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  41. Please send both activities. Thanks.

    linda.parker@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us

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  42. This is an awesome idea! Can you please send me both activities vis email; plarcom@canton.k12.pa.us.

    Thank you so much!!

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  43. I love this idea. Will you send a copy of both to me, too, please?
    leesa.crescenzi@sdhc.k12.fl.us

    Thank you!
    Leesa

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  44. This sounds great for my students. I would love a non-dropbox copy if you don't mind. jconnolly@bluehills.org

    Thanks!
    Jackie

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  45. johnlind@shenet.org- I would really appreciate the non-dropbox version. Thank you!!

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  46. Love to have a copy teide@bisdtx.org Thank you

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