This week’s tip takes advantage of one of my Game Leaderboard Templates to run a competition where students practice hundreds of mental math facts (and have fun at the same time!) by playing the online game, Kakooma.
The teacher will need a Google account to use the leaderboard template. Students will NOT need Google accounts. No accounts are needed to play Kakooma.
How it Works:
The teacher will use a template to open a pre-formatted leaderboard spreadsheet. Students will use the provided form to submit their Kakooma times. The spreadsheet will collect the student student data and will show the all-time leaders, the leaders for the week, and the leaders for the day.
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- Go to: http://gregtangmath.com/Kakooma
- Choose the Kakooma game (Addition, Negatives,
Times, or Fractions) you want students to play:
- Determine the level (Easy or Hard) and number
(4, 5, 6, 7, 9) you want students to play
- Decide whether you want students to play individually or
Using the Leaderboard Template
- Make sure you are logged in to your Google account.
- Click here to make a copy of the template.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to set up and use the leaderboard and to view the results.
- Go to http://gregtangmath.com/Kakooma
- Choose the game and level as directed by your teacher.
- Open the form. (A URL or QR code will be provided by your teacher.)
- Enter your name and time.
- Click “Submit.”
- Repeat steps 1-5 each time you play Kakooma.
- School competition: Set up a whole-school competition where each class submits its top scores.
- Teacher competition: Get teachers excited about math by setting up a teacher-only Kakooma competition.
- Level the playing field: Assign Kakooma levels to individual students based on their abilities. Struggling students might play 5 number Kakooma while advanced students might play 7 number Kakooma. Or stuggling students can play the easy version whereas other students play the hard version of the same game.
- Team Competition: Group students into teams of 2 or 3. Students in each team work together to solve the Kakooma puzzles as quickly as possible and then enter their team name and times into the form.
- Offer prizes or extra credit points for game leaders.