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Download the March Mathness PowerPoint on TeachShareNet's Teacher's Pay Teachers page.
Here's how it works:
- Every day, two "teams" (math word problems) will go head-to-head.
- The team with the most points (the math problem with the largest answer) will move on to the next round.
- Teams (math problems) will keep advancing through the bracket until a winner is declared.
These math problems were intended for 3rd grade students, but they could still easily work for 4th and 5th grade students.
I did this as a warm-up with my 3rd grade students in March, 2017. They absolutely loved it! I replaced our regular math warm-up problems with this, so it did not take much extra time into our day. While students were getting ready for math, they were excited to see what the problem would be. There was instant engagement!
Teachers are always reflecting and looking for ways to improve. I already have a few ideas in mind for a future update. Depending on the feedback, I'm thinking about making some future updates to the slides. Perhaps each "division" will be its own math operation problem? Also, instead of having the same problem in the next round, making an adjustment to that round. For example, if the LeBron James winning problem moves on, the next problem will include a new problem about LeBron James statistics.