How Can Algebra Challenges Help My Classroom?

Free Software for Students

Our most recent Algebra Challenge events (the Story Problem Challenge) use University of Washington developed software called Riddle Books. By using story problems to gradually introduce the player to the notion of equations, Riddle Books starts off with the player manipulating pictures and dealing with relationships they can intuitively understand and enables students to solve story problems regardless of their skill level.

Free Teacher Tools

During an Algebra Challenge, the live dashboard in the Teacher Copilot gives feedback in two ways by showing both progress (number of problems attempted) and proficiency (correctness of problems attempted). The cumulative dashboard shows number of problems solved of each type and total time spent on task.

See what participating Algebra Challenge teachers have to say!

"This event is a great way to motivate students to solve algebra problems! My students actually asked, ‘Can we play this at home tonight too?’ Wonderful words to hear from 6th graders!" - Karen Hummel

"I have kids who would not have even been willing to attempt a word problem who are now very engaged, frustrated, and victorious as they begin to figure them out."- Barbara McFall

Have you participated in an Algebra Challenge event? Share your thoughts with us!

Reinforcing Standards and Lessons

Riddle Books is aligned to a number of the Common Core Standards by the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. You can also review the problem types.

Riddle Books also features linear progression with some adaptive learning elements. Every student will progress through each of the problem types. Older students will likely progress more quickly although it may take them a while to master setting up the models (this is both the fun and the challenge for many of the problems).

Easy to integrate in the classroom

It is recommended you reserve at least two days with at least 35 minutes of game time on each day. Depending on the math and reading level of your students, this minimal time should allow most of them to complete mastery at our introductory level and some of the to master the intermediate level. It is likely that to master the advanced or challenge levels that the students will need either more classroom time or to complete additional playtime at home.

Investigate a sample week of an Algebra Challenge, featuring pre-algebra title Riddle Books!

Get Started!

* Read up and try Riddle Books
* Explore the Copilot
* Get interest from other teachers and your administration!
* Sign up for our periodic newsletter for announcements and news
* Join a current Algebra Challenge event or find out about the next one.
* Keep the fun going with lesson plans designed for other CGS games.
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Starting an Algebra Challenge in your area is not hard at all! When you work with the Center for Game Science, you are tapping into a first-class staff with the expertise to pull together a fun and engaging event for students.