Are you preparing to retire your flip flops? Are the pencils sharpened and the erasers stocked? The 2018-2019 school year is upon us. Students are prepping for another great year. Here at QT3.14 LLC we are dreaming up more games for you and your students. As you know, you can already play SUM OF WHICH, MAKE IT COUNT, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD, ODD OR EVENS, and IT’s IMPOSSIBLE with every SUM OF WHICH game and tile set. Recently, we came up with another game.
Our most recent addition is called, ORDER MATTERS. This game is a great game to play once you have introduced the order of operations; specifically involving multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. The set up for this game is the same as that for SUM OF WHICH. Then, each player draws 5 tiles. Game play is the same as SUM OF WHICH except players are able to use any of the 4 basic operations. However, you must adhere to the order of operations. Keep in mind, there are no parenthesis, not even “invisible ones”, so you can’t state that there are parenthesis around any parts of the expression. If a player makes a play that looks like this:
And says, 8 plus 3 times 2 divided by 1 minus 8 divided by 2, this would work. The order of operations say we must multiply and divide from left to right before we can add or subtract. This means we have 8 plus 6 divided by 1 minus 8 divided by 2. Then, 8 plus 6 minus 8 divided by 2. Then, 8 plus 6 minus 4. Then, 14 minus 4, which equals 10. Notice, the order of operations was followed and no imaginary parenthesis were assumed. The scoring for ORDER MATTERS is similar to that of SUM OF WHICH. You earn 10 points for the total of 10 and 3 points for each tile you place. However, you also receive 5 points for each operation used. The expression 8 plus 3 times 2 divided by 1 minus 8 divided by 2 uses all 4 basic operations so I would gain 20 more points. Note: Although I used division twice, I only get the 5 points for the operation once. You get 5 points for use of each operation, not 5 points each time you use it.
So, there you have it. Another game with which to start the 2018 – 2019 school year. Sound good?
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