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You will need to pair your students. Give each pair one sheet of construction paper, scissors and glue. Students work together to figure out how to use the sheet of construction paper to make the longest chain possible out of their sheet of construction paper.
You may want to show them how to make a paper chain. When students are finished making their chains, take them outside to measure them.
Allow student groups to tell you their measurement as you record them on the board. Talk about strategies used, and graph them. Make one graph for the number of links, and another for the length of the chains. Students should be able to see that it doesn’t matter how many links you have, but how long they are instead.
You can also download a PDF version of this game to file away for later here on my site or on TeachersPayTeachers.