If you use Everyday Math, you will know all about “What’s My Rule?” problems. Every year I have a group of students that just don’t get it. If you are not familiar with “What’s My Rule?” then here is a quick explanation. The first box is the rule box. For example, +5, -10, count by 2’s, … The boxes after that follow the rule everytime you move to a new box. Sorry, my explanation isn’t very good 😉
Anyways, I think “What’s My Rule?” problems are boring. I see the point in them and once my students get really good at them, it is amazing the types of problem solving I see them doing to figure these out, however, I needed to add some “fun” to them.
Students will roll a die, count the dots and put the number in the rule box. Then they will roll again, count the dots and put the number in the bold box. Their next job is to fill in the remainder of the boxes by following the rule. *To make this more advanced, have students roll two dice to get their numbers.
Clear as mud, right 🙂