Voyage to the Treasure! collaborative math games

Are you looking for a fun math review game that students can play to review what they have learned in class? Voyage to the Treasure! collaborative math review games get students working together to beat the Math Monster to the treasure! The directions are easy in this low-prep math game. Voyage to the Treasure! works great as a math review, a day when students have a sub or as a math center.

My friend Alex from Middle School Math Man and I have been working together on a new collaborative math game series called Voyage to the Treasure! In this game, students work together to beat the board and get to the treasure first. 

Are you looking for a fun math review game that students can play to review what they have learned in class? Voyage to the Treasure! collaborative math review games get students working together to beat the Math Monster to the treasure! The directions are easy in this low-prep math game. Voyage to the Treasure! works great as a math review, a day when students have a sub or as a math center.

Voyage to the Treasure math games are collaborative. Students are on the same team. Similar to a study group with students working together to review their math, students work together in this game to beat the board's Math Monster. This builds teamwork, community and gets students talking with each other in a good way. 

Voyage to the Treasure! math game - game board, game pieces, problem cards and answer bank shown here

So how do you play Voyage to the Treasure?


The main idea is that students are on the same team, working together to beat the board as they solve and check their math problems.

Setup:

⦁Place 3 Voyager ships and Math Monster on their start spots.

⦁Place MAP on its placement.

Place problem cards face down next to game board.

⦁Cut out 2 Answer Banks to use during game.

Use paperclip and pencil to spin spinner.

student directions card

How to Play:

Students take turns spinning, solving and moving all of the Voyager ships.

Here is a short video that shows an example game:


1: Spin the spinner, move that many spaces. Land on Math Monster? He moves 2 spaces!

2: Take a card, solve its problem.

3: Check answer in the answer bank.

4: Get problem correct? Check KEY for your bonus move! 

5: Pick up the MAP by landing on it and correctly solving a problem. 

6: Take turns spinning and moving all Voyagers. Leave no Voyager behind!

Strategize well so that all Voyagers get to the treasure before Math Monster!

Here is the answer bank for the Voyage to the Treasure! math game. Students are in charge of checking their own answers as they play the game together.
students check the answer bank themselves
Once the game is over, students can complete a peer evaluation form to make sure everyone put in their fair share of the work.


Ideas for differentiating:

Students are in charge of moving 3 Voyager ships through the game board to the treasure. If you think this is too much for some of your students, 2 Voyagers can be used instead of 3. 

Also, problem cards can be removed from the deck.

The download also includes a peer evaluation sheet to help ensure all students put in an equal team effort.

In this photo can be seen the game board, game pieces, answer banks, directions to play, problem cards and peer scoring rubric

We're really excited about these games and are adding more topics all of the time! So far we have a variety of games made for middle school and algebra topics. 

See our Voyage to the Treasure math games here.





5 comments:

  1. How do you use the map? They collect it, but does it mean something when they do?

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    1. Students work together to figure out who should land on the map. If one playing piece is 4 spaces away and another is 3 space away, and the students spin a 2, they have to decide which piece to move. It's a very small part of the game but my hope is that it helps build collaboration and get the kids strategizing.

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  2. Did one of these today for the first time. My kids LOVED it! A little extra prep ahead of time gave the kids the most time to practice during class. I loved the way they were working as a group, but there was still the competitive part of trying to keep ahead of the math monster.

    I am curious if anyone has any suggestions for organizing the games. I printed the boards and cards for today's game on cardstock and I put the cards, pieces and answer keys in a baggie but the keys are not laying flat. Right now I have the baggie paperclipped to the board of the same color as the cards, but I am thinking I can reuse the same boards with different cards. What's the best way to keep all the different sets organized? File folders? Envelopes? Boxes?

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    1. A larger regular envelope ("business envelopes" is written on a box we have here) is a good size to store the keys flat. The other pieces (minus the board) should be able to fit in there, too. I had stored the envelopes in a shoebox, but switched them to a file folder when reorganizing recently. It makes me happy to hear your students enjoyed the game. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back to leave a comment to let me know :)

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