Introduction: Millionaire is a review game for Unit 5: Rational Numbers. The topics covered in Unit 5 include: Writing Fractions as Decimals, Rational Numbers, Multiplying Rational Numbers, Dividing Rational Numbers, Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions, Least Common Multiple, Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions, Measures of Central Tendency, and Solving Equations with Rational Numbers. This game should be used to help students prepare for the unit exam.

Timing: This game should take about 30 minutes to complete.


Group Size: Small groups

Learning Objectives: The objective of this game is to review the topics covered during Unit 5 in a fun/interactive environment.


Guiding Question: What are the more important topics covered during the unit and what type of questions will be on the unit exam?


Materials: Students will need pens. Photocopy enough games sheets for the entire class, with one for each game group in a different color. The colored sheet will be the “Official Game Sheet”. The different color is not required; one group member could also label their normal game sheet as official.



Here are the rules of the game:

Millionaire is open binder for one group member. In my class, each student has an assigned role (captain, record keeper, scientist, or supply sergeant), so I have a dice that I role to decide who’s binder will be chosen.

Students take turns bringing up the answers. If they come up out of order they earn a penalty lap. I have the student who came up out of order take the official game sheet and either do a slow walk around the perimeter of the class room or send them to a specific point outside of the room. The penalty lap is silent.

When students come up to present an answer, give them a sub-question about the topic. Don’t check off the question until the question and sub-questions are answered correctly. If they get either wrong, send them back to their group to sort out the correct answer. This is an effort to make sure that each group member understands the material and are not just parroting answers.

Groups get three total Life Lines for both millions. When I help with a life line, I don’t give the answer, but will explain how to get it in detail.

I typically give points for the top three placing groups and points for the group that works best together. The group that works the best together can be decided by the least number of penalty laps, and/or the least number of send backs for not understanding the question.


Assessment: Students will complete questions throughout the game and receive immediate feedback on its correctness.

Answer Key: The answer key is attached.

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