I’m excited to share with you my latest Family Math Night Collaborative Project: Space Invaders. Here’s a photo of the final result. (There are actually 3 aliens to choose from in the lesson plan. This is alien #1).
Here’s some of the background information I include in the lesson plan:
Pixels are small single-colored squares that make up images in computer graphics. These pixels are displayed as a bitmap, a rectangular matrix of dots. These pixels, sometimes called dots, are each assigned a specific color and are arranged along the horizontal axis (x-coordinate) and vertical axis (y-coordinate) of the matrix.
Computer graphics have come a long way in the last decade and look much more sophisticated today than they did back in 1978. But back when graphics were first being designed on computers, they had a “boxy” look. That’s because the screen displays (screen resolutions) were not as good as they are today.
Note: For the purpose of this activity, each pixel does not need to be represented by a single color.
Some of you may know that I always put together a video of my collaborative projects describing in detail how to do the activity and offering additional tips. I’ve included the video below for you.
Our Math Medley Family Math Night kit is filled with engaging activities that explore a variety of concepts in math in a fun and unique way.
The estimation jar is a huge draw at a Family Math Night event. In the following video I share tips on setting up your estimation table. If you are interested in using the estimation jar in your classroom, click here for a great video that focuses on using the estimation jar to develop number sense.
Here’s a super fun addition to a Family Math Night event: A scavenger hunt! As participants enter the room they are handed one of two “game boards”…the K-2 version or the 3-5 version.
The K-2 version is a little easier and includes pictures. In addition, it’s played like bingo but with a scavenger hunt twist. Kids and their parents explore math in the environment by finding and crossing off items on their bingo board. Five-in-a-row wins. For a challenge (and an extra prize — see below) they can find all the items on the board. Click the left image above to print a copy of the K-2 version.
The 3-5 version is the traditional scavenger hunt. Because these students are older, they should be familiar with the items on the list. Their job, with the help of their parent, is to find and write down ALL the items. Click the right image above to print a copy of the 3-5 version.
As an added incentive for completing their scavenger hunt, kids can win little prizes such as a pencil, ruler or other small treat. Or they could get an extra guess in the estimation jar. Or maybe they could earn a free homework pass… But any time a prize is offered, you’re going to get a lot of takers. So be prepared. 🙂
Classroom version: These two scavenger hunts are also great classroom activities and make a wonderful first week of school game. Kids can partner up and work together to complete their boards. In addition, older kids can create their own game boards using the K-2 version. It’s a great way to reinforce the math they have learned. Click the image below to print a copy.