Almost all the children in my classes play Clash of Clans, so I thought it would a good basis to try my first 3-Act lesson, as per Dan Meyer.
There’s some arithmetic and geometric progression that’s ripe for more advanced students, but I teach KS2 and KS3 so wanted something a little simpler. This thread on Reddit gave the starter
Anyway, looking forward to trying it with my Year 7s tomorrow.
Slides here: Clan Maths – Build Walls
Info Sheet here: Clash of Clans – Wall build – info sheet
Rough notes below
Act 1: The set-up
Introduce Clash of Clans / make sure everyone understands it
Show pictures of time-lapse growth and ask for questions
Discuss everyone’s questions – which interesting, which mathematical etc
Make list of these so can come back to them and try to answer
Ask for estimates of real cost of walls in gems.
Act 2: The Wrestle
Ask what sort of information we’d need to work out the answer
keep it precise
help with proportion / rate problems if need be but try to ensure students do heavy lifting
Handout info sheets
ask children to team up to find useful bits of information
can use calculators
Act 3: The Reveal
Show the answer
Explain steps and discuss how tie in to discussions in Act 2
Look at left-over questions – room for answers, what next