Saturday, March 12, 2011

SNAKE - A Whole Class Dice Game

SNAKE - A Math Dice Game

I read about this game on the internet some years back.  It is a dice game that can help teach basic addition or multiplication facts.  My class just played it yesterday and were begging to play another round at the end of each game.

Materials:


-two dice
*I use special overhead dice, so the kids can see the number I roll
You can also use this website and display on your t.v.
Online Virtual Dice
-Paper or whiteboard for each student


How to Play:


Students can create a game board.  You can download the template below that I have created or I have students just use a piece of paper, sometimes a whiteboard to keep track.




1.  Choose what game you are going to play; multiplication or addition.

2.  You start under the column S.  Roll the dice.

3.  Students will add or multiply the two numbers. They write the sum or product under the S column.

4.  Continue to roll the dice.  Students continue to write the sum/product under the S column.

5.  After each roll of the dice students may decide to go out of the game.  After I roll and give them a short amount to compute and write, I count to five.  Students have five seconds to decide if they want to go out of the game.  They must completely sit on the ground.  I call out names of those who are out, that way I can keep track is someone tries to sneak back in (which always happens :)

6.  The round ends whenever you roll a single 1 on the die.

7.  Any student who is sitting out, when you roll a 1, may keep their points for that round.
     Any student still in the game has to cross out all their points for that round.

8.  If you happen to roll SNAKE EYES two 1's.  Any students still in the game loses points from ALL the rounds!

9.  All students come back into the game for the next round.  For the second round you start in the N column, third round A column, each round a new column.  You continue to play this way for each round.   You never know when that 1 will be rolled, second toss or tenth toss!  It is a game of odds!

10.  At the end of the game students will count up all the points they have collected from all the rounds they earned points.  The student with the highest point total wins!

*Note- sometimes you might roll a 1 for the first roll of the round.  I always re-roll so at least we have something to go by for that round.


37 comments:

  1. For each new round you move over one column. So for the second round you start in the N column. The third round you go to the A column. In total you will have 5 rounds for this game. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

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  2. We played this game in my Middle School Methods class. Even in college it was fun! :)

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    1. Is it really fun cause i might ask my teacher to play this game

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    2. Is it really fun cause i might ask my teacher to play this game

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  3. We will play this on Wednesday!

    Thanks,

    Jennifer

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  4. My 5th and 6th graders absolutely adored this game and want to play it again tomorrow. Thanks for sharing :)

    Jennifer

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  5. nice game... we will definitely try this... my kids and I loves Math cool games

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  6. To personalize for the kids you could even have them decide if they are going to add or multiply... there could be both, and if they play the odds right, a student who is adding COULD possibly win.
    I love it!

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  7. This game is awesome. My 5th graders love it. I was confused at step 5 until I figured out that the 'compute and write' meant that they added up the numbers in the column. I just have them add each time so that they have a running total! They want to play this came all the time!

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  8. Do you just trust that they've written down the correct answers for each combination given, or do you also keep track?

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    1. You could always keep a tally of the numbers rolled on the board and collect their sheets to check later.

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  9. Is the score the number of problems they get correct?

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  10. The students add the total of the sum/product for each column. So if under the "S" the totals were 25, 36, 2, 6... students would add those number together to get the score for that round. At the end they add all the scores from all five columns together.

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  11. How many rounds do you roll under each letter?

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    1. You simply roll under a ONE is rolled.

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  12. You keep rolling until you roll a one. Then that round is over.

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  13. Why would the students decide to get out of the game? That is the part I do not get.

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  14. Aleceia, because if I roll a 1 on the dice, they lose all their points for that round if they are still in the game. (if I roll two 1's, they lose all their points from all the rounds that have been played) If they choose to go out of the game during the round, they get to keep their points,even if a 1 has been rolled.

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  15. This is just like the game of Pig from M. Burns book. The kids love Pig!

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  16. I do this one also but call it "SKUNK"...so when we roll a 1, we call out, "You just got SKUNKED!" LOL....great game!

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  17. This sounds great- just dont get one thing. all students have a chance and then I as the teacher roll to see if I have a 1 or any of the students can roll a one? also do all the students write down the answers to all the examples diced or only to their own?

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  18. You are the only one rolling dice. The students do the math from the dice you roll. They never have dice in their hands, only paper and pencil. I use my SmartBoard dice feature to roll the dice, so they can all see the two numbers come up. I have also used overhead dice and when I didn't have either I would announce which two numbers I had rolled. Students only write down the answer to the dice you have rolled.

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  19. I'm thinking of doing this with my 4th graders next year!! Also thanks for sharing!! This is a note to all teacher maybe make the chart during a art lesson then play it in a maths lesson!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! We are finished our Math unit in Gr. 5/6 with one week until Spring Break. With so many exciting events this week, I am choosing to do whole class games and centers. I first found your SNAKE centers activity on TPT, which lead me to the whole class game; brilliant! Thanks again!

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  21. Hi , i just want to share a link talking about math games for kids

    http://www.math-worksheets.co.uk/primary-teaching-resources/math-games-for-kids/

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  22. math games

    nice game... we will definitely try this... my kids and I love

    math games

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  23. cool math games

    ly the Mathcopter into a balloon containing the fraction that is equivalent to the fraction found at the bottom of the screen..


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  24. It's really a cool math game. It seems very interesting... Anybody would help me out? How to pay this game ?

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    1. All of the instructions are listed above.

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  25. Like this game for our homeschool. It is much like OH NUTS! that we enjoy, so I know the children will love this. To see our OH NUTS! game for a variety of skills: http://gamesforlearning-mary.blogspot.com/search/label/Oh%20Nuts

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  26. I have used this game several times, especially as a substitute teacher. I used the word SKUNK, because if you were standing and I rolled doubles, you got skunked and lost all of the points. Great game!

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