Matilda - Arithmetic

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Mr. Wormwood, one of the characters in Roald Dahl's Matilda, is not the most trustworthy of characters. Have student groups take on the roles of car salespeople and play a game to see who can make the most profit by selling refurbished cars and sawdust. Learners use arithmetic to solve self-created word problems centered around Mr. Wormwood's questions about profit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide index cards for learners to write their math questions to use during the game
  • Talk about the trustworthiness of Mr. Wormwood and discuss if he makes his money is ethical
  • Model how to make the math questions, or help class members write them
  • Put learners of similar math levels into the same groups
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a class set of of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Substitute token values relevant to your country or type of currency

  • Allows learners to create their own word problems
  • Provides extension ideas in drama to make cross-curricular connections

  • The title is misspelled on the resource