Chainsaw Teacher Resources
Create, test, and evaluate algebraic expressions that represent real situations.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Activity: What is a Good Game?
Students play Chainsaw and in the process become familiar with various of the attributes that get recorded in the data table, such as PiecesAccepted and FuelLeft. They discuss their views on what constitutes a good game and begin to design a formula for computing a score for a game.
Teacher Facilitation Guideline   pdf | Word
Handout: Pre-Assessment   pdf | Word
Handout: Ranking 10 Games   pdf | Word
Handout: Score Formula Proposal   pdf | Word
Movie: Loading the Stove
Movie: Chainsaw Introduction
Activity: Design and Test Formulas
Working in small groups, students settle on a formula for assigning scores to the Chainsaw game. They then enter this formula into table and test how well it agrees with their rankings of the 10 games and new games they play, revising their formula if necessary.
Activity: Presentation and Critique of Formulas
The groups prepare and then make short presentations of their formulas where other students can ask questions and make comments. Following the presentations, students vote on which formula to use in the Chainsaw tournament.
Teacher Facilitation Guideline  pdf | Word
Handout: Guidelines for Presenters  pdf | Word
Handout: Listener Responsibilities  pdf | Word
Handout: Presentation Sheet  pdf | Word
Handout: Analyzing Score Formula  pdf | Word