# Connect 4 -Make a Worksheet a Game

What to do in the “week” with two days 4 hours of  ELA MCAS (State’s standardized test) and 3 days before the big April Break?  We needed to do some math, but we are all a little weary.  Time to break out the games!

One of the easier ways to make a worksheet into a game is Connect – 4.   It requires 16 questions with unique answers; no two question can have the same solution.

Using a 4×4 table, I copied 16 questions directly from a worksheet into individual cells.  These become the “task cards” to solve before covering one of your squares.

Then in another 4×4 table, I put the solutions to each question, scramble the order and make 2 more answer cards.   (Two examples below.)  I am sure there is an algorithm to ensure there is no combination that will result in two winners at the same time, but I just randomly moved the numbers around.

Students were put into groups of 3 and played for 30 min.  Since every solution is an answer square on every card, the students all need to solve each question and everyone covers something on each turn.