I stumbled across this resource and loved how rigorous and engaging the activity was for my students. The activity kept my students on task, talking about the problems, and working together to determine the correct answers for each set of cards.
What is Sum Fun?
I almost overlooked this teaching resource initially, because I thought that it was an activity for students to practice addition problems. Yes!
Yes! They will have to “sum” in the activity…
…but only after applying their knowledge of perimeter, area, and volume.
You can find the Sum Fun Task Card Game on TeachersPayTeachers
How do Students Play Sum Fun?
- Students find the answers to a set of problems on the task cards.
- They add all of their answers together and check with the teacher to determine if their sum is correct.
- If the students are correct, they move to a new set of cards.
- If an error was made in their calculations, the students will re-work the problems to find which part of their sum is not correct.
This process allows for collaboration about the mathematics, and teacher support as needed.
Ways to Use Sum Fun
The best part of Sum Fun is the collaborative nature of the task cards!
Groups of Four
I had my students work in groups of four for this activity. Each set of cards has four questions and that allowed each person in the group to be accountable for one problem.
The accountability in this task card game increased engagement. There were no students off task.
Students who struggled had the support of their teammates to help guide them through their problem as needed. Students were working their problem, trading and checking each other before asking the teacher to confirm their sum.
Paired and Individual Practice
I could also see this working for pairs of students, individual students, small group instruction, or split entirely and used as a task card activity.
Sum Fun is definitely an activity I would want to use again. I look forward to seeing what other topics will be available using the Sum Fun teaching activity. Check out this