Hollywood Squares Math Game

by Sue Gumm
(Seneca, IL)

I use "Hollywood Squares" (like the tv game show) to review for each chapter in my math book and the kids love it. I pick 9 students who are sitting in the middle of the room (3x3) as the "stars", and divide the rest into 2 teams, the x's and the o's.

I also draw a big tic-tac-toe board on the chalkboard. The first player from the x team picks one of the stars. I then read a review question to the whole class which they all work on. When the star has the answer he says it out loud. The x player then has to decide if the star is telling the truth or bluffing the answer. If he/she chooses correctly, the x team gets a designated number of points and gets to put an x in the star's box on the tic-tac-toe board. If he/she choses incorrectly, the star's square goes to the other team and becomes an o.

It then switches to the o team. Before each game I pick one of the "stars" to be the "secret square" and that star is worth double points when chosen. The play goes back and forth until one team gets a tic-tac-toe and wins that game. I then pick a new secret square and we continue with a new game. I keep the same stars for the entire class and switch the next time we review.

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Jun 05, 2018
A question and 4 team possibility
by: Tammy

I am unsure what the points have to do with anything if the team that gets the tic tac toe wins the game. I would love to know how you incorporate those points into the game. I am also going to try this tomorrow with a 6 x 6 grid and 4 teams with no celebrities. Teams can pic any person on one of 3 other teams to "go against" instead of the celebrity square people. If they win they get to mark the board and if they guess wrong, the team they challenged gets to mark the board. I am not sure how quickly teams will get 3 in a row. If it is fast going, I will have them keep going on the same board to try and get multiple three in a row.
Then who gets the most 3 in a row on the board would win. If it is a turtle race, we will start the game over if someone wins. I am curious to hear your thoughts since you have played this before.

Mar 10, 2015
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Sep 28, 2010
Great Math Game
by: Anonymous

This sounds like a great game to use in math class. I like it because you can tailor the math to whatever you are teaching in class. And kids in elementary school, middle school, and high school will enjoy game's format.

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