Thursday, December 28, 2006

Deal or No Deal

Deal or No Deal or how I like to call it Brit or Lo Brit. I know Brit means covenant and there are other modern Hebrew words for deal, however I found that this was a great way for students to remember the word Brit. Every time you play the game you can remind the students about the covenant between the Jews and Hashem. This is also a popular game show that will get kids excited.

If you do not know how to play Deal or No Deal I recommend watching an episode on TV before trying this game.

Set Up:

1) Draw and number boxes on the blackboard 1-20. Boxes can be opened by your magnetic Jewish game piece characters.

2) Make a list for yourself giving each box a point value: 10, 30, 50, 100, 150, 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, 500,000, 1,000,000. Make a list of these numbers on the side of the blackboard.

3) Give the students a goal of how many points they need to get to earn a prize. For example, 200,000. They can accumulate points every time they play Brit or Lo Brit.

4) Determine an order of when each student will take their turn.

Let's play Brit or Lo Brit

As a class the students choose one box from the black board to be there box. This box is taken off the board and drawn into the corner.

Now it is the first students turn. Give them a question if they get it right they get to choose a box from the board to open. The box is opened and and you erase the number of points that was in the box

If they get it wrong erase the box with the highest number of points still on the board.

Proceed to do this three times with three different students. Then the class receives an offer of points. This is where it gets a little tricky. Just give your best guess on what the point value offer should be. Maybe someone can figure out the formula and e-mail me.

If the class goes No Brit. Give two more students questions and have them pick from the boxes left if they are correct. If they get the questions incorrect erase the highest point boxes.

Give the class another Brit to consider. If they still refuse go through the process of questions and picking boxes two more times. Then offer a Brit.

Continue this until it gets down to five boxes. Then give them an offer after each box. When the students finally make a brit or are left with one box give them the points and play again.

Things to think about:
1) Figuring out the Deal or No Deal Math offer formula
2) Creating a good Hebrew school figure or name for the character who gives the offer. I was toying with using Hashem, but it didn't feel right.

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