a Project H Design initiative

Sequence Shuffle – Math

An active quick-fire question-and-answer game

Age group: Grades 1-4

Number of students recommended: 25

Subjects/skills learned: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, etc.

Object of the game: To think quickly and correctly answer questions on an individual basis.

Setup: No set up needed.

Game Play: All of the students start by sitting on the tires. The teachers call out to start, and all the students get up and move throughout the playground (similar to musical chairs). When the teachers call out stop, all the students must find a tire and sit down. Randomly the teacher chooses a row or column and ask that group of 5 students to answer a question as quickly as possible (for example, for multiplication, the teacher might ask each student to give a number that is a multiple of 6, and students might say “12,” “30,” etc). Each of the students in the row must answer the question, one after another from one end of the row to the other (answers must all be different!). Once all students from one row have answered, the teacher may call out another row to answer, or move on.

Game Conclusion: The game is completed when the teacher feels each student has been asked a sufficient number of questions or all material being tested has been asked.

Examples: The teacher yells “stop!” and all students find a tire. The teacher then asks asks one row for examples of prime numbers. The students in the specific row say “11,” “13,” “23,” etc.

Tips and Variations:

  • Ask student to continue an addition pattern (ask students to add by 10, starting with 25. The students would answer, 35, 45….)
  • Ask students to add fractions (add 3/8 to each, starting with 1/4)
  • Instead of asking only one row at a time, ask each row to participate in a sequence