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«Phosphate: A Florida Resource Mined for Math A middle school grade level unit created by Donna Ellis Lake Alfred Middle School Polk County, FL 2012, ...»

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2. Work cooperatively with their group to create and design a game using math skills.

3. Each group will play another groups game and score the game by using a rubric.



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Day 1

1. Divide the students into groups of five to six students to work together on designing a game.

2. Discuss rules for the construction of the games.

a. Game needs to contain geography, science and math questions related to phosphate.

b. Math questions must include all the math studied this year. (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, scientific notation, fractions, money problems and measurement problems) c. Include forward as well as backward motion.

3. As a class, decide on the basic format of the game board. Try to get input from as many students as possible. Write the format rules of the game on the board as the students come up with them.

4. Have a variety of materials such as construction paper and old file folders for the students to use to construct the various parts of the game.

5. Allow the rest of the class period for the students to construct their game.

Day 2

1. Refresh the students’ memories about the rules of their game. If possible, provide a written handout to each group of the rules.

2. Set the game out on a large table or the floor and have the students play, all at the same time, in teams of four. These may be the same groups of four from Day 1 or may be new groups.

Within each team the students must take turns playing various roles: on one turn, one student moves the playing piece, another answers the questions, another makes sure the rules are being followed, and another writes down the team’s score (if this is part of the game); on the team’s next turn, the roles are rotated among the students.

3. Allow play to continue until about 30 minutes are left in the class period.

4. Put the scoring rubric on an overhead and go through it with the students, getting their opinions on how well their game worked out in actual play.

Prior Knowledge:

Students will use their knowledge about how phosphate is mined and processed into finished products and any math concepts they have learned throughout the school year.


Completion of game construction; students will be scored based on the level of their participation and success in answering math problems.

Teacher Notes:

Make copies of the phosphate photos and symbols for students to cut out.

Have a game requirement rules handout printed for each group.

Have copies of the grading rubric printed for each group.

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Phosphate: A Florida Resource Mined for Math 67 Money (or Paper Play Money Can Be Used)

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Materials List Angle rulers Protractors Paper Pencils Markers Pens Access to computers with Excel® software Rulers Percent protractors Colored pencils Black pens ¼” graph paper Calculators Large Polk County map showing area in square miles Overhead projector Poster board Crayons Scissors Construction paper Old file folders Paper cutter 3 × 5 index cards Timer

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