Math Pickle (Or any subject for that matter)

A Math game to understand the relation amongst some important entities.

This one here, is done for Geometry, which is unfortunately feared by many for its abstract nature. You can use this concept for Algebra, any of the Sciences or any other subject for that matter!

This one is devised to suit grade 6 and above. You may adapt the game to suit the grade/level/subject

What do you need: A few blank sheets of paper that you can cut into small cards, pen and a person with knowledge of geometrical terms , in a position to explain in easy words or to object. Consider keeping a textbook/ dictionary of math terms handy. Else you can always do a quick internet search.

Number of players: 2 or more

How do we play: Simple steps that can be adapted to suit the level of players:

  • Cut the sheets of paper to make cards. I made around 50 cards with conceptual terms written on them.
  • Some of the cards can be duplicated. You can duplicate later and add as per your requirement. I had duplicated cards like segment, circle, angles etc.
  • Shuffle the cards and distribute 7 cards to each player.
  • Rest of the cards remain in the deck (Face down)
  • Player 1 selects one card and puts it down face up for everybody to see. The player 2 looks at the cards s/he has in hands in order to look out for a card that has a conceptual term bigger than the one laid down. If not, s/he picks up one from the deck. If there is a bigger term, that card is put over the earlier. If not, just say “pass”. Same will be repeated by players till 4 cards sequence is completed. E.g. Player 1: the card reads center. Player 2: The card reads diameter so it is bigger and center goes inside diameter. Player 3: The card reads altitude. So it is not applicable. And the chance passes. This will go on till 4 cards are sequenced. That completes a stack, a round.
  • If there are more players, you can also make a sequence of 5 or 6 cards. Decide the number before you start playing.
  • The player who gets to complete the stack, gets to play the first card for the next round.
  • The game is based upon the principle of seeing relationships and the linkages between the concepts.

Benefits of the game: Conceptual clarity. Helps in developing lateral thinking and logical sequencing. Chance for creative thinking also.

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