What I have found from using these games is that the engagement and motivation from the children in the lesson is incredible. Letting them play a quick 30 second game has them completely hooked! This game is perfect for numeracy as the game generates numbers, numbers and numbers which can be used in so many different ways.
The game is simple yet very addictive - children simply swipe their fingers to chop the fruit scoring points as they do so. The game allows for single and multiplayer and here are some of the activities you could do using Fruit Ninja in Numeracy.
Using the score from a single game children could -
- Double/Halve the score
- +10 - 10
- +9 +19 +99
- x10 x100 x1000 or divide by 10, 100, 1000
- Count in steps of any given number forwards/backwards.
- Use the number as the answer and think of different number sentences focusing on a particular operation.
- Partition the number
- Multiply by any number
- Rearrange the digits to make the smallest or biggest number.
- Use the scores from the class for some data handling to find the most common score in the class - working on mode, median and mean.
- Produce bar charts, line graphs, tally chart from the scores in class.
- Problem solving - See what your score is over 30 seconds, work out how much fruit is sliced in a second and work out how much fruit would be sliced in a minute, 5 minutes, half an hour, an hour, a day.
- Multiply the two number using grid method or any other written method.
- Add the two number mentally by partitioning or using the written method.
- Find out the difference between the two numbers using a number line.
- Play the best of 5 games - use the result to work out the probability of winning the next game.
- Equivalent fractions - play 3 games and work out the fraction of winning. Work out the equivalent for 6, 12, 18 games.