My computer was being upgraded to Windows 8, so I didn’t have a computer for 1st hour. My first hour is my math recovery class (i.e. students who had failed a previous high school math class.) We usually start out doing Visual Patterns or Estimation 180, so I hoped that I was able to keep the first part of the class productive.
Enter Questimate. If you have never seen this amazing, engaging, fascinating ipad app before, you are in for a treat. Made by Motion Math, the players come up with their own estimation questions from a list of choices. For example, how many blue whale tongues are as heavy as a Marlin? Or:
My favorite is when they can size the objects themselves:
The kids in this math class are not thrilled with school in general, as you can imagine. They were all totally engaged with Questimate. I gave each kid a chance to create a question and estimate an answer. Happy kids, Happy teacher. It was a great class period.