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Title of the Experience
We play monopoly – operations on integers
Name of the teacher
Aleksandra Pilc
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Presenting the topics relating to integers, I noticed that there are two ways to "reach" the students. The first is the thermometer and positive and negative temperatures, the second is money - the amount that you get and borrow,i.e. debts. I always present both ways to my students and they choose which one speaks to them more accurately. But the story about money and counting them in memory is not the same as working with real notes. Therefore, recently brought to class two games of my childhood "Monopoly". Students by drawing lots divided themselves into two groups in which they get together into 4 pairs. Each pair was one player and also within each group one person without a pair dealt with the "bank" services. I did not need to explain the rules of the game, because the students knew them. The change that I introduced was the amounts that they were given at the beginning of the game. They were given small sums of money so that by purchasing the cities, houses or hotels they have to take credit in the bank. Banker (these were two students most efficient in accounting skills), did not perform calculations but just check their correctness. Of course, each time after passing the "Start" students received $ 500 and had to pay back debts. The students really enjoyed this lesson, they were surprised when the doorbell rang. During the game the children not only practiced actions on integers, but learned group collaboration and decision making. After this lesson students make fewer errors while adding and subtracting integers.

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Date: 2014.10.09

Posted by Raquel Trujillo González (Spain)

The use of games in the learning process is always a motivating experience. In fact, in the learning process in early childhood education is done through the use of play as an educational resource, and primary education is also widely used because it allows to keep the students' attention, increase interest in the subject and reinforce concepts in a fun way. This case is an important example of how to strengthen math skills using a board game like Monopoly. It is not applicable to my students, because they do not correspond to the level of primary education, but I think the interesting and motivating experience.


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