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Cats and Canaries


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Cats and Canaries

In this math puzzle game, learners work together to use algebraic reasoning and fun clues for solving word puzzles. Groups of 3 to 6 learners share 6 cards that offer information each person reads to the group. Each set of cards can be used to form a system of two simultaneous equations—a math concept that has many real-world applications. There are five sets of cards for five different games. The instructions include "Algebra Notes" that explain an approach to solving the first problem. An extension is to make up new versions for other groups to play.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • pencil and paper
  • calculators
  • activity cards (from PDF)

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Equations and Inequalities
      • Patterns
      • Variables and Expressions
    • Problem Solving

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Regents of the University of California, ©1998

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