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VERSION OBJECT: The winner of the round is the player with the highest valued expression. Play as many rounds as you like. Player with the highest total is the CHAMPION. WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
HOW TO PLAY: Players sit on the floor across from each other about 12 feet apart. The floor between you is your game board. Take the six pieces of string and arrange them into closed, amorphous, shapes on the floor. Make sure that none of the shapes overlap. Now
cut out one of the set of terms, and
lay a term in the middle of each shape. Your game board is now
ready for play. First, you will roll the die to determine the sign of the variable. If you roll an even number the sign is POSITIVE. If you roll an odd number the sign is NEGATIVE. Record this on the scorecard. Second, you will roll the die again to get the value of the variable. Your value will be the number which comes up on the die. Record this on the scorecard. Third, players will get the terms for their expressions by taking turns rolling the balls out onto the "course". Players
should aim for the terms that will generate the highest valued expressions
using the variable that has been rolled. NOTE: If a ball fails to land in one of the shapes, players should record the term which is closest. A measuring tape may be necessary to determine the closest. At this point, each player is on their own. They have 3 minutes to arrange the terms and sets of parentheses into an expression that they believe will generate the largest value once the variable is inserted. Each
player must show the expression on the paper, show the substitution
of the variable into their expression, and then show all the work to
evaluate it. The final value of the expression will then be placed in the "Score this round:" box. Players need to CHECK EACH OTHER'S WORK, for if one of them is wrong, they are disqualified for that round. The player with the largest valued expression wins the round. At the end of eight rounds (or however many rounds you have agreed to play) the player with the highest total score is CHAMPION.
VARIATIONS ON THE GAME: SELF PLAY TIMED: Set a timer for 10 minutes. See if you can make 10,000 points before it rings. SELF PLAY UNTIMED: Play four untimed rounds to
get a baseline total score for yourself. TEAM VERSION: Play as a team, and add the values of all expressions each round. See if your team can make 1,000,000 points by the end of round eight.
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Below are three sets of terms. Each set should give you enough variety for a full eight rounds of fun play. Term Set 1:
Term Set 2:
Term Set 3:
