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Number and Operations: 24®
Subject: Math
Grade span: 4 to 6
Duration: 5 to 20 minutes
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Math games
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This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement Math Games. In this activity, students create number sentences using four numbers and any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to make 24. Students can play this game in teams or as individuals in a cooperative or competitive environment.

Learning Goals:


What to Do:

For a whole group activity:

For a small-group activity:

Teaching Tips:

  • You may want to being by reviewing the factors of 24 to familiarize students with the game and get them warmed up to approaching one number through a variety of operations and all the ways that you can get to 24.
  • One of the common mistakes students make is repeating an operation they have already used. For example, 4 x 2 x 2 + 8 = 24 is the same as 8 + 2 x 2 x 4 = 24. But rather than pointing this out as a mistake, use questioning strategies to help students see for themselves if they have or have not come up with a new way of getting to 24, and encourage them to keep trying.

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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