Makey Makey Interactive Word Problem Posters
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels 4th to HS
Writing Word Problems
Teach students how to write their own word problems.
Students will learn to program keys for a Sprite (character in game) and create dialogue for for the Sprite to make their word problem poster interactive.
Have students remix this Scratch game with their word problems or start their own in Scratch.
Here is a basic tutorial from my ELA Logic Puzzle Lesson:
Hooking up Makey Makey to Poster
Make your word problem poster interactive by attaching Makey Makey to pencil drawings or copper tape.
Decide your conductor: Have students decide if they want to use copper tape, thumbtacks, or pencil drawings to create their posters.
Draw and Write: Students need to write the equations for their game. In my game, I had the operators as the switch for students to know if they are correct. So each operator is the "key" attached to the Makey Makey.
Connecting to earth: Students should make an aluminum foil bracelet for others to wear when playing their game.
Connecting keys: Hook the operators/equations/numbers on the poster to the appropriate keys on the Makey Makey.
Play and answer: Have students gallery walk the room and answer each others word problems. I'd suggest carrying pencil and paper or iPad to record answers for each station.
Evaluate: At the end of the day, have students discuss which word problems they like best and why. Ask students to reflect on the hardest/easiest parts of crafting their own word problems.
Ford, Beverly. "Writing a Multiplication Word Problem." Writing a Multiplication Word Problem. AIMS Education Foundation. Web.
"Solving the Math Curse: Reading and Writing Math Word Problems." - ReadWriteThink.org IRA/NCTE. Web.
Note on Standards
These lessons were developed with the idea that teachers all over the globe and a variety of grade levels could hack the lesson plan to meet their students' needs. Therefore, these are just some of the standards the lessons are based on, and not an all-inclusive list. Many of the CCSS align by grade level, so if you teach 9th grade, you could find the stair-stepped standard for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 by looking at CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A1-4: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.A.1-3: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.1-3: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles. (Depends on the type of word problem you have the student write.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.A.1: Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.C.9: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.A.1-4: Expressions and Equations Work with radicals and integer exponents.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.C.7: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations/ Solve linear equations in one variable.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.C.8.C: Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables.
4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
4-PS3-4: Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.*
MS-PS4-1:Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave. Use mathematical and/or computational representations of phenomena or design solutions to support explanations.
* The performance expectations marked with an asterisk integrate traditional science content with engineering through a Practice or Disciplinary Core Idea.
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