Overall rating 3 out of 53 (22 ratings)

Last updated 22 February 2012, created 14 January 2008, viewed 13,938

A collection of fun games to introduce children to spreadsheets: - The Wizard’s Challenge (Cell references) - The Gold Mine (Add, Subtract, Divide, Multiply) - Maestro Mestronomos Magical Maths Machine (Making predictions, changing spreadsheet’s appearance) - Potion Mixing Factory (Changing cell More…format to currency, calculations using brackets)

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I think the Potion Mixing and Wizards are very useful and my students would really enjoy. However I like some others would like some guidance on how to use the other two.

from Carol Thomson, 22 February 2012
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Great resources - may be usefel to say how these activites work so that others understand how to use in classroom

from dawnhallybone, 30 November 2011
(report comment) 3 out of 5

have a problem to find out how certain activities work. could you post instructions please?

from eebonello, 15 August 2011
(report comment) 2 out of 5

Whoops! You can tell it was my first review... meant to rate it as a 4! Ignore below rating!! Goldmine and Wizards challenge - VERY useful.

from mmmchocolate, 08 March 2011
(report comment) 4 out of 5

Poor. This is half a resource at best.

from sidicki, 27 February 2011
(report comment) 1 out of 5

I understand the goldmine (looks great and is easy to use) but not the rest.

from lymoore, 02 November 2010
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Love the gold mine. To play teh gold mine you have to get the kids t enter the correct formula to do the division or multiplication. When they get it right, the cells are changed into a gold bar. WONDERFUL. STill working on figuring out some of the others though. :-)

from polisonne, 22 June 2010
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Criticism. presentation needs improving : (

wizard no instruction

uninspiring

from b553h, 07 May 2010
(report comment) 1 out of 5

Instructions needed. I wasn't to clear on how to play these ggames.
I don't think the children will know what to do either!
Instructions needed to go with games.

from wonderwoman1, 06 May 2010
(report comment) 1 out of 5

Brilliant. Thanks - these are really good

from shalai, 26 March 2010
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Great. I really appreciate your creativeness

from GSusan, 23 March 2010
(report comment) 5 out of 5

A result at last!. Thank you so much! I have searched the web for something that will appeal to my year 5 class and spark their interest in spreadsheets. This will certainly do the trick. The gold mine in particular will give them valuable formula practice.

from lesleypresley, 02 March 2010
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Help!. For the Wizards Challenge it is all to do with cell referencing - The students have to type the cell reference into each cell. - I showed mine how to use the fill handle to save time.

I cant figure the Maestro Magical Maths Machine.

For the potions mixing one they just have to copy the given formula, replacing the ingredients in the formula with the correct number from the ingredients lists.

from clairebear8182, 24 January 2010
(report comment) 3 out of 5

:) Great thanks!. Exactly what I was looking for!

from naab, 17 November 2009
(report comment) 4 out of 5

Thank you. I particularly like the Gold Mine and Potion Mixing

from jazz2, 15 November 2009
(report comment) 4 out of 5

Inspiration. Thanks for the Gold Mine I am inspired to make some more like this one. I will use it with Year 5 as an extension and year 6 for revision.

from carinagill, 01 October 2009
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Help needed. I would really like to be able to use these (and other) spreadsheet resources but I am not versed in the procedures at all. Although I understand formulae could you please explain how to use your resources as lessons? What are the tasks and are they marked automatically? Thank you.

from bigbird1, 07 September 2009
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Maestro???. How do you play the maestro please? No instructions on the spreadsheet.

from MrsLowe, 21 May 2009
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Excellent!. The Gold Mine was perfect as a revision activity for year 6 at the beginning of the spreadsheet modelling unit.

from Harrisnei, 13 January 2009
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Great, I think. I liked the potion mixing factory and the goldmine. I'm new to spreadsheets and am unsure what has to be done in the other two games. Is it possible to have an explanation?

from highlandteach, 26 October 2008
(report comment) 4 out of 5

Great. Perfect for my KS2 ICT lesson MAny thanks

from stardog, 26 June 2008
(report comment) 4 out of 5
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