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Diane Ragsdale

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 16
Location: Decatur

 Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:00 am    Post subject: Angle Race Game I introduced the game last week to my class. This is my first year in teaching 3rd grade after 2 years of teaching 2nd grade EM, so I'm just like a new teacher trying out all the games. I was dreading the activity all week because the game just didn't make sense to me, and I could foresee all these problems coming up with the game. My instructional assistant, who I see once a week, and I geared up to demo the game for the kids. Both of us were not seeing how the kids could possibly figure it out because it seemed way over their heads. My assistant was actually the one who pointed out that we should teach the number of "dots" on the paper each degree angle was before we started the game so the students would know how to add on to their angles in the race for 360 degrees. We also figured out that it's a good idea for each partner playing the game to use a different colored pencil for the race. We were pleasantly surprised at how engaged the students were. I'm not sure they were all playing the game correctly, but they all do have a much better sense of what each degree of angle looks like, which should help them in their future lessons and activities with angles. If anyone has any ideas about how to make this game work better or accomplish the objective better, please let me know.
Lynn Beres

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 15

 Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: I am also a third grade teacher that was concerned about the angle race game. But as you pointed out may times the students do surprise us. We used the geoboards with different colored rubberbands to track each angle and a record sheet to keep a tally of their totals.
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