As we inch closer and closer to the end of the year, it’s important to keep our students engaged. The more engaged they are in tasks that are both developmentally appropriate and challenging, the less off-task behavior they will display. With these two goals in mind, today’s activity is called Moggle. Actually, it a math boggle board, similar to the traditional Boggle game except that students create number sentences instead of words.
Here’s how it works:
1. Create a Boggle board with an empty bulletin board space or on poster board. See the picture above for an example. (Depending on the needs of your students, you can create a larger or smaller square.)
2. Students look for and create number sentences using numbers that are touching in some way, i.e. sides or corners. Here are some options for structuring this requirement. Let’s use the far right column in the picture above for an example. a.) Use the numbers in any order, such as 1 + 2^2 (2 squared) + 2 = 7. b.) Use the numbers in the order of connection, such as 7 – (1 + 2^2 (2 squared)) = 2.
3. Earn points based on the difficulty and length of the number sentence, such as one point for each unique operation, one point for each additional number after the first three, and one point for each squared number. See the solutions below for an example.
This activity is a great way to differentiate for students because the length of the number sentences they create is based on their individual ability and understanding of the task. This activity can also be transformed into a class game where teams of students compete to create number sentences and then earn points based on the length of the sentence.