Monday, June 11, 2007

Review: Equate: The Equation Thinking Game

Equate: The Equation Thinking Game
Conceptual Math Media, Game board with paperboard tiles and plastic tile holders

Similar in format to the word game Scrabble®, Equate allows players to place equations on a board while gaining points based upon the types of numbers and operations used. (For example, a fraction is worth more points than a whole number and a division symbol is worth more points than an addition symbol. Don't worry - the point value is marked on each tile.) Players may add on to existing equations provided that both sides of the equation are still equal.

We found this to be a fun and challenging game for upper grade school through adult. Add on sets can be purchased for younger grades or for advanced Math (the advanced set also includes negative numbers and exponents). Even with the basic set, level of play can be quite challenging considering equations involving multiplication and division of fractions and order of operation. Rules could easily be adjusted to accomodate players with varying skill levels.

Reviewed by Alicia Van Hecke (2-1-05)
Available from MindWare

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