Bagels is a number-guessing game that is great exercise for your wonderful problem-solving mind. We've played it on blackboards, whiteboards, paper and pencil, and other media with multitudes of students and teachers. You can play Bagels anywhere with a friend. One person is the gamemaster and the other is the player. The gamemaster thinks of a secret number and the player tries to guess the number. After each guess, the gamemaster supplies clues with strange names such as "Bagels," "Pico," and "Fermi." We'll tell you how to play a 2-digit beginner's game and a more challenging 3-digit game, and describe variations such as: Prime Time Bagels. Use only prime numbers as secret numbers. Composite number Bagels. Use only composite numbers as secret numbers. AlphaBagels. Play Bagels, Pico, Fermi with 2-letter or 3-letter words.


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  • Mathematics > Problem Solving

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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-07-02.

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Technical Completeness: 2
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Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

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Content here is problem solving using 2 digit numbers, primes & composite. This resource presents a problem solving game that could be used from elementary through HS. Students must know place value (tens and ones). The attached pdf file includes clear rules, examples of a game and example guesses to help apply rules, a score sheet and some suggested modifications for differentiation. There is even an extension to English words that are 2 or 3 letters.

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