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Bagels, Pico, Fermi 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 will tell you how to play a 2-digit beginner's game and a more challenging 3-digit game. We will suggest 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 with 2-letter words or 3-letter words.


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-06-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

While primarily a rich resource for mathematical problem solving games, the variations on these games have been expanded into word games. The resource is thorough; the content is accurate and exciting. A variety of techniques, strategies and approaches are incorporated into these thinking games making them appropriate and fun for a wide audience.
Tishina Brown-Harris Wellston City Schools
April 10, 2009
This game looks like lots of fun and very beneficial in the mastery of the number sense standards. This lesson lends itself to the integration of technology if the media…

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