Hangman is often used as a tool to get students to focus on the use, meaning or spelling of a word in our Literacy programs. However, I find it just as useful in my Numeracy teaching!
I often use Hangman as a tuning in game, or, as I am waiting for all students to come back together at the end of a lesson. I use words that I believe are key to developing fluency in the maths topic we are currently studing. I also invite students to select relevant mathematical words and host the game as well.
- Think of a relevant mathematical word, work out the number of letters it has and place that many blank lines on the board
- Invite students to guess a letter, if it is in the word you have selected, write it in the correct blank spot
- If the letter is incorrect - begin to draw the Hangman picture (there are many variations of this stick figure picture - the less detail you include, the less guesses students will have)
- If the students guess the word before the Hangman is drawn - they win. If the Hangman is drawn before they work out the word - the teacher wins
- Discuss each of the words you use and ensure students are clear on their meaning and use
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