Math Boggle


I am SO excited for this game that I made in about 5 minutes for my Promethean Board.


The way this will work is that I hit (or have a student hit) the little play button on each square.   Once that is done it may look like this:

The students will use PEMDAS (Order of Operations) to create an equation (should it be expression?…. probably!) that results in the larger two digit number to the right.  Pretty much the only rule is that the next number you use has to touch the previous number (up, down, left, right, diagaonally).  The students get points based on how many numbers they use, plus a bonus if they include parentheses. 

So, my example below would score 7 points for using 4 numbers, but 2 more for using parentheses for a total of 9 points.

6 x 8 + (2+8) = 58

I’m not sure how I will use this in class, but maybe as a last 5 minutes activity after its been introduced? Highest point score (SHOWING WORK!) wins a ticket (or homework pass, or restroom pass, etc etc whatever reward you want). Or as a fast finisher activity?

I just loved this idea from many many elementary classrooms using word Boggle and wanted to use it to fit my middle school math classroom. This could be differentiated SO easily.  You could require some students to only come up with a one digit number, challenge GT students to a three digit number. 


What do y’all think? Any additions? Changes?

Don’t know how to share a flipchart file, but if anyone knows, clue me in and I’ll share this and convert it to SMART file and share that as well 😉


9 responses »

  1. Great idea! I don’t have a Prometheus Board, but I am already brainstorming about how I can modify it for my own use 🙂 I like the emphasis on mental math, actually writing out the expressions, flexible thinking, and of course, Order of Operations. Thanks!
    -Cindy W

  2. Like the others have posted, I would LOVE to get a copy of the Active Inspire file for this game. Being a user of Promethean, I don’t know how I taught all those years without it!

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