MEL3E – Day 21

Warm up today was a Two Truths & One Lie:


  • After taxes a $20 bill will cover paying for this.
  • Before taxes it costs about $0.06 per ml.
  • There are 46 teaspoon doses in the bottle.
I had two groups at the opposite end of the spectrum on working on these statements. The first worked on each statement and verified which was true and which was false! The other needed guidance for every statement.
Next up we are venturing into credit card land. I wanted to see how much they knew about credit cards beforehand so I put together this Knowledgehook Gameshow. Play along!

You can save this gameshow to run with your class here. You’ll need to have an account (they’re free) and then bookmark the gameshow.

Each question gave us some items to discuss about credit cards. We talked about best ways to manage them, what interest was, and budgeting.


If you’re new to Knowledgehook’s Gameshow you can create and run your own gameshows….but also access many pre-built gameshows ranging from grade 3 – grade 10 — All Ontario math curriculum.

I displayed an image of a credit card bill on our big sceren. We went through what different parts of the bill were for. I had a copy of some Visa Card statements I had used way back that were a pretty good resource. Each scenario had missing sections of the bill and the students have to fill them in. As a class we walked through problem 1.


Tomorrow we’ll work on the remaining problems.

One Best Thing

The MTBoS Blogging initiative has begun! Check out the two options to blog about. 

I choose option 1 which is writing about something good that happened during the day.

Week 1: One Good Thing

Today was a good day! In my mailbox was this little package.


It’s a package created & designed to make students feel amazing!

It’s from Knowledgehook.

Knowledgehook is an ed tech company specializing in  creating “engagement tools to measure and improve student learning“.

My students have been completing practice questions using their Homework product. An added, amazing bonus is when a student completes a mathalon (completing the majority of questions from the course) Knowledgehook sends in the mail a real (heavy duty) medal. Along with it is a pennant we can hang in the room.

Today a student in my class got that medal! We presented it to him in front of the class. IMG_0411
He looked a tad embarrassed, but I could see he was super proud! Big smiles. Later he told me he was going to wear it home to show mom!

That was today’s good thing.

Show what you know in Gameshow!

IMG_3350Last week, Kyle Pearce wrote a post on running GameShow by KnowledgeHook. I was drawn to this idea mostly because of review time coming up and wanted a nice way to practice EQAO multiple choice type questions. GameShow is great for that. I love that it works on any device. Students can use their phones, iPads, laptops, etc to submit their answers.

Today I created a custom GameShow to practice simplifying algebraic expressions with my students. KnowledgeHook has a bank of questions already to go…..I just did some picking and choosing of questions I wanted to tackle and added them to my newly created custom gameshow.

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I stressed to my students to not worry about any time in the game. These multiple choice questions are not about speed. Let’s make them about accuracy. They played in teams of two with whiteboards beside their devices. I asked them to show full solutions on their whiteboards.


What was awesome while playing our GameShow today was that once students submit their answer they can upload a picture of their work!!!


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Since I asked for all solutions to be uploaded the students started putting more effort into their answers! I find when we use other software like this, putting in an answer is like a game. “How fast can I get it in” Uploading slows it down and puts an emphasis on the solution! Like it!!! That’s the way a gameshow should be played!!!!

This program is super new so head on over to . It’s free. And has content build right in. Even if you’re not from Ontario you can have access to the free bank of Ready Made gameshows or create your own. You actually don’t even need to teach math to make use of the gameshow!!!

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