Magazine article Teaching Children Mathematics

Py: Building a Pyramid with Math

Magazine article Teaching Children Mathematics

Py: Building a Pyramid with Math

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Py: Building a Pyramid with Math, 1998. Game base, 2 dice, 74 pegs, 1 instruction sheet, $25 CSAM, Py Division, 1890 14th St., Bettendorf, IA 52722, (800) 201-0655.

This game consists of an attractive wooden base with numbered wooden cylindrical pegs. As the games are played, pegs are positioned on the base and then atop one another to form a pyramidal structure. The visual promise of the game of Py is not matched by the actual playing of the games. This discrepancy is unfortunate, since the game pieces are appealing.

The instructions detail five different games. They range from simple to confusing. The difficulties lie in both the game structure and the instructions. Fifth-grade students who played the games found the instructions impossible to follow without guidance from a teacher. Once an appropriate game was selected, students lost interest, indicating that it was only "fun for the winner." Although building the pyramid is indeed the "hook" of the game, almost all the activities could be played with homemade manipulatives. …

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