Do you remember math matches? Every Friday afternoon our 5th grade class would put away our books, pencils and paper and clean off our desks. Our teacher would call up two students to the blackboard. One student was given the opportunity to select which math operation would be used to compete. One boy who was quickest in subtraction always chose that. The teacher would call out the problem. Each student had to remember it until the teacher gave the go ahead. Then both students would turn toward the blackboard and begin furiously writing the problem, then work to solve it. When done the students put the chalk down and turned toward the class. Answers were checked. The student who answered the problem first was the winner and stayed up for the next challenger.
That student selected the operation and the match began again. Some students might have a long run of winning. Sometimes the operation chosen made all the difference in which student won. It was an exciting way to spend a Friday afternoon in 5th Grade.
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