Education Technology

Number Smash

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students explore basic Algebra concepts and Number sense. They learn the definition of sign numbers, absolute value, and numbers of opposite sign.

Before the Activity

  • Install the Topics in Algebra 1 App application on the calculator using the TI Connect™ , TI Connectivity Cable, and Unit-to-Unit Link Cable

  • Set up the calculator as explained in the activity
  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print the pages from the attached PDF file for the class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to the class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Select the chapter on Number Sense, topic covering Integers, read through the overview section, and answer questions
  • Identify difference between a set of natural numbers, a set of integers, and whole numbers
  • Understand the definition of absolute values
  • Explore an exercise of addition of integers
  • Play the Number Smash game
  • Select addition and find answers to addition problems
  • Record score after finishing the game
  • After the Activity

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary