What are Targetboards?

A targetboard consists of a square (or rectangular) grid with numbers in it and another number – the target. Using the numbers in the grid, students have to try and reach that target.  Let’s look at an example here:


In this example, the target number is 20.  You can use any operations to get there. Here are some ways to get there:

  • 7 + 3 + 10
  • 10 x 2
  • (6 x 3) + 2

You can’t do 10 + 10 because 10 only appears once.

The idea is to think of as many answers as you possibly can.  Simple!

There are other types of grids to play around with.  Here’s a summary of what we have so far.

Boggle: A grid full of letters. Your job is to make as many words as you can with the letters. You can’t use the same letter twice unless it’s repeated in the grid.

Numbers’ Game: 1 large number and 6 smaller numbers. Your job is to make the big number from the smaller ones. Same rules as targetboard.

Anagram: A long word is shown on the screen. Your job is to make as many words as you can from that word.

Word Chain: Start with a word and change one letter at a time to make the second word at the bottom.

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