Four Fours Mania is a game used to reinforce the order of operations.


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  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


order of operations



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Curriki Rating
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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 2013-02-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

Four Fours is a card game that is used to review the order of operations. Students are placed in teams and work together to solve problems that involve 4-fours by following the correct order of operation rules. The group size starts with 3 or 4 students and one student is removed each round. Plans for the removed student should be in place before beginning the activity. Classes with active students may need to alter the rules to keep all students involved. Overall, a fun and interactive way to review the order of operations.
James Noble

I am working as a Minnesota Math Corp Enrichment Tutor this year, and part of my service is building 5 sets of active practice games. With a little tweaking for 1-on-2 tutoring this game is the first I've put together, and I'm excited to put it into action. It does include some higher level operations (exponents and factorial's) that my students may not be familiar with, but the work around is easy - take out those cards and/or use a cheat sheet with 4^3 and 4! already simplified so that the students are able to learn the Order of Operations without being unfairly slowed down by a more difficult card.

Thanks a bunch!
James Noble

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