Tonight is the night the secret mission "Amun Re" begins.
The team, made up of four cunning secret agents, breaks into the museum. Thanks to their precise calculations, they crack the tricky codes of the security installation. Be it through addition or subtraction, multiplication or division, the numbers on the dice must be combined so that the results coincide with the code numbers. Who in Secret Code 13+4 will be the first to overcome all the light barriers to get hold of the precious Amun Re mask?!
Secret Code 13+4 is built around the mechanism of reaching target numbers given a pool of starting numbers. In this case, starting numbers from rolled dice manipulated by any desired mathematical operations. The goal is to use addition, subtraction and multiplication efficiently with each roll of the dice to get through the laser beams preventing them from moving forward.
Think about the factors involved in the unlocking process to get through the lasers. Numbers 1-9 can be unlocked using a single die, however 12 or 18 have multiple factors. 2x6 or 3x4 gets 12. The code tiles go up to 18 and the higher the numbers give the students fewer opportunities for addition and will lend themselves more heavily on multiplication and even subtraction after. Students solving one code on each of their turns will allow them to play through the game, however showing them efficiently and multiple codes on the same turn gives them the tools to win the game. Every roll of the dice will offer multiple teaching moments and can provide great feedback on a student’s mathematical ability.
The other way that this game shines is in alignment to the new expression of mathematical thinking found in the Common Core Standards for Math. The first standard in the Math Practice domain involves students making sense of problems and preserving in finding a solution. As the standards explain, students will need to engage in certain practices to be successful. Taken from Common Core Math:
"They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary."
Secret Code 13+4 definitely gets the Firefly Educational Seal of Approval!