Algebra with 'Jabara'

Updated 1 month ago by Michelle

MATHEMATICS SKILL COVERED

Age 12-15

  • Simplifying constants
  • Adding to both sides
  • Coefficients, like terms, multiplying constants
  • Unknowns on both sides, adding variables, swapping sides
  • Fractions, dividing both sides
  • Multiplying both sides, adding fractions with like denominators
  • Brackets, and bracketed terms multiplied by constants
  • Factors, adding fractions with unlike denominators
  • More complex fractions, x as the coefficient

HOW TO PLAY

Do you think algebra is hard? Think again. Our Jabara game will help you build rock-solid algebra skills fast. 180+ puzzling but fun levels with concept introduction and skill consolidation will take you from zero to hero as you solve mysteries and uncover the exotic 9th century origins of algebra.

Algebra is one of the most powerful scientific concepts ever to have been invented by man but its very existence is threatened by the cruel mongols. Travel back in time to 9th century Baghdad and learn algebra concepts to save them for humanity.

Drag tiles together to manipulate terms, simplify constants and isolate x to solve each problem. Isolate x in the minimum number of moves and win three Golden Orbs.

There are multiple levels in each stage. Complete levels in the stage to gain achievements.

To get the maximum three orbs for each level, you must isolate the variable and simplify your answer in the minimum number of moves.

  • Fully simplified answers will not contain any like variables or constants that can be added, or any fractions with a common factor in the numerator and denominator.
  • Where possible, you must also remove brackets.

SCORING INFORMATION

At the end of each level, students are awarded with 'orbs'.

The number of 'orbs' awarded depends on how x was isolated:

  • 1 orbs = x isolated + over the move count + not fully simplified
  • 2 orbs = x isolated + under the move count + not fully simplified
  • 2 orbs = x isolated + over the move count + fully simplified
  • 3 orbs = x isolated + under the move count + fully simplified

Medals are awarded for completing a stage.

BRONZE = 1 or more levels has 1 orb within a stage

SILVER = 1 or more levels has 2 lights awarded within a stage

GOLD = 3 lights awarded on all levels within a stage


GAME LEVELS IN EACH STAGE AND DOWNLOAD PAPER TRANSFER EXERCISES

Modern mathematics games like Jabara get your students thinking about hard algebra concepts and practicing, but transferring digital mathematics skills to paper remains an important priority. Your students will not fully benefit unless you complement their games-based learning with paper work.

The Jabara Paper Transfer Kit is designed to reinforce digital skills learned in Jabara, and also to assess student progress. Each exercise has brief student instructions on how it should be completed, and is designed to follow on from playing Jabara. The worksheet uses terms introduced during the game, and asks students to replicate the work they have done digitally with pen and paper.

Each set of Exercises in the Paper Transfer Kit are associated with one of the game challenges. The game challenges are in groups of 20 levels, each challenge is represented by different-coloured segments.

Teachers should share and encourage students to complete exercises from the Paper Transfer Kit as they complete the levels in the game for maximum benefit.

Download your Paper Transfer Kit here.

MATHEMATICS COVERED

PAPER TRANSFER KIT WORKSHEETS

CHALLENGE 1: Simplifying constants

Game levels 1-20

Achievement

  • 1.1 Variables and constants
  • 1.2 Simplifying constants
  • 1.3 Constants and zeroes
  • 1.4 Isolating the variable
  • 1.5 Working with negatives
  • 1.6 Word problems

CHALLENGE 2: Adding to both sides

Game levels 21-40

Achievement

  • 2.1 Adding to both sides
  • 2.2 Balancing equations
  • 2.3 Word problems

CHALLENGE 3: Coefficients, like terms, multiplying constants

Game levels 41-60

Achievement

  • 3.1 True or False
  • 3.2 Simplifying like terms
  • 3.3 Simplifying (linking)
  • 3.4 Simplifying and showing workings
  • 3.5 Word problems

CHALLENGE 4: Unknowns on both sides, adding variables, swapping sides

Game levels 61-80

Achievement

  • 4.1 Adding variables to both sides
  • 4.2 Spotting mistakes
  • 4.3 Rearranging equations
  • 4.4 Word problems

CHALLENGE 5: Fractions, dividing both sides

Game levels 81-100

Achievement

  • 5.1 True or False
  • 5.2 Code breaker
  • 5.3 Word problems

CHALLENGE 6: Multiplying both sides, adding fractions with like denominators

Game levels 101-120

Achievement

  • 6.1 Simplifying equations (linking)
  • 6.2 Solving equations and showing workings
  • 6.3 Spotting mistakes
  • 6.4 Word problems

CHALLENGE 7: Brackets 1 - Brackets, and bracketed terms multiplied by constants

Game levels 121-140

Achievement

  • 7.1 Expanding brackets
  • 7.2 Solving equations and showing workings
  • 7.3 Word problems

CHALLENGE 8: Factors, adding fractions with unlike denominators

Game levels 141-160

Achievement

  • 8.1 Combining fractions
  • 8.2 True or False
  • 8.3 Solving equations and showing workings
  • 8.4 Word problems


Learn how to assign a game activity here.


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