Dash Coding- Pts Game- Mental Math

posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:11 PM by Patrick Johnson
Today students completed another coding activity with Dash. Numbers were written on cards and scattered on the carpet. The goal was to code Dash to travel over as many cards as possible without leaving the carpet. Each time Dash crossed a number card, the team was awarded the points indicated on the card. When the code was completed (or if Dash left the carpet) students used mental math to tally their points. 

Teams used mental math strategies such as: making friendly numbers, using doubles and grouping place values. Students have practised these strategies during our daily Number TalksTeams were allowed to revise their code and make additional attempts.

Below is the activity and challenges for this task. Students were also limited to a time of 1 minute or less to run the code.

Students used a variety of coding strategies to score points. Some students coded Dash to go strait over several cards where as others coded Dash to go back and forth over 1 or 2 cards (this was particular effective when combined with the double your points card). Our top score was over 25000!