I attended a workshop today on enhancing my current lesson plans in math with the new common core standards. At one point during this workshop we played the board game Blokus and talked about ways to use this in our classroom.
I had never played this game until today, but let me tell you I'm in love with this game. I want it for my own personal use as well as my classroom.
It is a strategy game. One that will make you think. It requires a bit of problem-solving skills.
This game is designed for four players. Each player has 21 game pieces. Each person's first game piece has to be placed in his or her corner. You then take turns playing a new piece each turn. Your pieces cannot touch sides, vertices only. Right there is some Math vocabulary. The goal is to be the first person to use all your pieces...if you can do that. GOOD LUCK!
When you get to the point where no one can play, you tally up your score. Each unit square is worth -1. The person with the highest score wins. There are also a couple of ways to earn some bonus point.
We received a handout for the students to work on after they've had a chance to play the game. This handout covers several concepts: integers, percents, ordering numbers, and several more.
A couple of questions that are on the handout...
* For your color game piece only, what percent of game pieces were you not able to play? How did you figure the percent?
* What is the ratio of all unused game pieces to all used game pieces for your group? Put that in a sentence.
* Compare your score with the scores of your team mates. Place these numbers on the number line below:
*What is the distance between the lowest and highest scores? Justify your answer.
The game can also be used for symmetry, transformations, rotation, etc...
I can't take credit for because I received at a workshop. I believe she got it from a magazine. You can download this activity for free in my TPT store.
Have you ever played this game? Have you used it in your classroom? How have you used it?