Hungry space gophers are after the prized carrot. Defend the carrot by placing units on a coordinate grid. Game Over Gopher is Common Core-compliant and addresses topics such as plotting coordinate pairs, differentiating negative coordinates from positive coordinates, and identifying the four quadrants.
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|To establish a source of rubies (the game currency) players must correctly place ruby drills on the grid at the coordinates indicated.|
|The Carrot Launcher is one of the first tools players can buy to feed the invading gophers. (Feeding gophers keeps them from eating the prize carrot.) As the player drags a Carrot Launcher around the board to a strategic position, its x, y coordinates – for example (1, 7) or (4, 3) – are shown dynamically on the screen.|
|The Corn Silo is an advanced gopher-feeding tool players can access at higher levels. By toggling x, y coordinates, they aim the Corn Silo at a specific point in the gophers’ path. Corn is launched and fed to gophers as they reach that location.|
|The bonus round in Game Over Gopher reinforces players’ grid navigation skills in a new setting. In search of buried treasure (“the data”), players control the robot’s path by toggling x and y coordinates. There’s a bit of guesswork involved, which gives learners freedom to investigate directionality on the grid without feeling there are always “right” or “wrong “answers.|
|6.G.3||Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.|
|6.NS.6b||Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants of the coordinate plane; recognize that when two ordered pairs differ only by signs, the locations of the points are related by reflections across one or both axes.|
|6.NS.6c||Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane.|
|6.NS.8||Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate.|
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