Here is a game
designed to grow your proof skills tall and strong.
Play it in teams,
Play it electronically
Print out the game board,
cards, and legal reasons, for the level
you want, then play it anywhere.
of the Game:
Be the farthest advanced on the gameboard when time is up or when
the cards are finished.
Math Court Game Board, paper and pencil
for each player, proof cards, hint
cards, legal reason sheet for
the level of play
- Print out
the game & hint cards for
the level you want to play.
- Print out
the game board, and grab a pencil
and paper for each player.
- Be sure the
cards are in numerical order, and lay them face down.
(NOTE: the cards get harder
as the numbers increase, shuffling makes for a more exciting game,
but we don't recommend you shuffle until your proof skills are
- When both
teams are ready, turn up the first card.
- All players
work the proof remembering to write clear sentences and to back
up every statement with a correct legal
reason. Teams will discuss proof ideas secretly.
cards are available for each proof. If you use a hint, you
lose 2 moves.
- When a team
has a valid proof written, they will slap the card. Then they
share their proof statements with the other team. If their proof
is clear and correctly backed up, they mark 5
x's on the game board, 3 x's
if a hint card was used.(the other team
will use o's)
of their statements are unclear or not backed up by an appropriate
legal reason, they lose the round, and the other team may continue
the proof. If both teams are unsuccessful, play moves to the next
- The team
who is farthest along the court at the end of the deck, or previously
set time period, wins.
- If you are
playing by yourself, the challenge
is to reach the finish line before the end of the deck.
electronic version is the same except the cards pop up
electronically, and you move an electronic "x" or "o"
on the monitor screen.
to Play | Game
Levels | Reasons | Cards
| Game Board | Writing
And after you play, visit
the 36 Humorous Methods of Mathematical
Proof for a great laugh.