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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Going to Boston - Addition Dice Game

Yes, the name of this game is Going to Boston. I didn't make it up, I found it a couple years back and well I think it's a clever, catchy title that kids will always remember.

Going to Boston
A Dice Game

Materials:  Three Dice
                 Recording Sheet

Number of Players: 3 or more

Skill:  Addition or Multiplication

How To Play:

1.  Have each player roll one die, the highest number goes first.

2.  Each players takes a turn rolling all three dice.  After the first throw, the player will remove the die with the highest number and puts it aside.

 Example:  Dice 1: 4
                 Dice 2: 2           The player would take out dice 3 that had a 6.
                 Dice 3: 6

3.  Roll the remaining two dice and again take out the highest number and set aside.

4.  Roll the last dice and add up the numbers on all three dice to get the player's score for that round.

5.  Record the total of the three dice on the recording sheet.

6.  Continue to take turns, each group member going once.  The highest score for the round wins!

Students can play for a set number of rounds and add up the combined totals to find an all time champion.

** Play with two dice for younger students
** Keep the lowest numbered die instead of the highest.
** Increase the number of dice to four for more complicated addition skills
**  Use multiplication by taking the sum of the first two dice and multiplying it by the third.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Math Dice Game - Shut the Box

Shut The Box
dice game

I have another game for you tonight!  This is a traditional dice game that comes from France many many years ago.  You can buy the Shut the Box game boxes in stores but I have created a sheet that mimics and serves the same purpose.... for free.

This game can help reinforce addition, multiplication and mental math skills.  Laminate the playing pages or put them in sheet protectors for repeated use.

Number of Players: 2 or more
Materials: 2 dice, Shut the Box Sheet, nine or 12 counters

Goal:  To achieve the lowest score
Skill:  Addition for the 9 box game, Multiplication and Addition for the 12 box game

How to Play:
1.  Players roll the dice to decide who goes first (highest score)
2.  Player 1 rolls the dice and adds them together.  The player places counters on any boxes which add up to that total. They choose one combination of their choice.

For example:  rolling a 5 and 3 (5 +3 = 8)
Player one can cover any one of the following combinations:

Usually a player will try to cover the higher numbers (7, 8, 9) first. 

3.  Player One then throws both dice again and tries cover any remaining boxes with the new total. The combination must add up to the total on the dice.

4.  Player One continues until they cover any boxes using combinations which add to the total thrown. At this point, Player One finishes their turn with a score equal to the total of the uncovered boxes.  Numbers 1, 4, and 3 are left then the player total would be 8 points for the round. If she has covered every number (a score of zero), she has "Shut the Box".

5. All the counters are then removed. Play continues in a clockwise direction until every player has had a turn. The player with the lowest score wins that round.

The game can be played for any number of rounds or for a certain time limit. The overall winner is the player with the lowest total score over all the rounds.

Variations:  The 9 box game is used for addition.  The 12 box game can be used for multiplication and addition.  If you rolled a 5 and 4, 5x4=20.  A player could place a counter on the 12 and 8 which equals 20.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Math Fact Resource

I was introduced to this website not too long ago and I couldn't believe that I didn't know about it already!

This website is a great FREE resource for students to work with memorizing math facts.  It is also a great resource for you, the teacher, to see what facts students need to learn and their progress.  It is a program that students can use at home too.

There are video tutorials on the website on how to get started and all about the goodies you can find on their site. Enrolling is very easy.  You get reports on usage and skill level once a week.  After several uses it begins to chart the students progress.

I made an incentive with my students to use it at home.  For every five times they use it at home, they earn a prize. They never know what the prize will be, something small or a little bigger.  For the first five stars they earn I have been popping a bag of mini-size microwave popcorn just for them.

Check it out today, sign yourself up as a student, take the placement tests and see what the students are going to be doing.  Hope you can use it!