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.

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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.

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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.

If you would like to try this game with your class, click here for Google Doc.

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