Let's Keep Things Rolling! More Math Games With A Dice Theme
I made Dice Game Stuff to go with the addition, subtraction, greater & less than dice games featured in the last 2 articles.
Click on the link to view/download the packet.
Whenever I taught a concept to my Y5’s I liked to stick with a theme.
It kept things simple, organized and less complicated for them.
I also had everything I needed handy and things just seem to flow from one transition into the next.
I could also overlap the various subjects too.
Here are some things you can do with these items:
The Make your own dice is a nice home-school connection where students can practice their cutting skills, something for a sub folder, or that extra activity students can do when they’ve finished everything else.
Run it off on cardstock. Give students a jingle bell to glue inside for added fun.
The large red dice make perfect flashcards when young students are learning to identify groups with a number.
Print them off, laminate, cut them out and keep them with your calendar or story time “stuff”.
You can also punch a hole in one corner and put them on a split ring.
Run off the smaller copies for students to make a split ring flipbook as well. You flash your large number and they flip through their little ones to see who can find it the fastest.
Run off the Smaller Red-Dot Dice, laminate and cut out and make Memory Match Concentration games. Students can match them dice to dice or dice to number.
Laminate the number and symbol cards as well. These too, can be used as Memory Match games or have students make equations with them.
Students can roll real dice, make an equation with the laminated paper dice, and then write down the equation on a sheet of scratch paper.
Set the timer to ring after 5 minutes. Students can play individually or with a partner.
The person with the most equations completed when the timer rings, is the winner.
The traceable number flashcards offer a nice way to review skip counting by 2’s, 3’s and 5’s.
I’m always looking for easy and interesting ways to plug that concept in, for a quick review my kiddo’s would think was fun, so they’d want to continue practicing.
I made covers for the traceable flashcards so they can be turned into Itty Bitty booklets.
Run off extra sets on different colors to make Memory Match Concentration games. You can also play I Have; Who Has? with them as well.
I hope you enjoy getting things rolling with your little ones and they have fun with these activities.
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Let's Play A Math Game!
Dominoes are an inexpensive and fun math manipulative to help your students practice simple addition and subtraction facts. Dominic the Domino Snowman makes it even more interesting. He needs buttons for his belly!
Here's how to help him:
- If you want all of your students to play as a whole group, run off a class set of snowmen. Have students play in groups of 2-4 so they can share dominoes. They sell them at The Dollar Store.
- If you don’t have dominoes, use my template and print off a class set, or some for your students so they can have a Dominic and dominoes to practice at home.
- You can color the snowmen, or have students color them and then laminate the playing boards so you can use them every year.
- Children will use dry erase markers to record their answers and then wipe them off with a wet wipe.
- Write the directions: Roll, Find, Place, Write, Solve on the board.
- Demonstrate how to play the game.
- Students obtain the dominoes by rolling 2 dice twice and finding the appropriate dominoes.
- i.e, If they roll a 1 and a 5, they find the domino with one dot and five dots and place that to the side.
- The student then rolls the second time and rolls a 2 and a 3.
- They find that domino.
- Since the first domino has larger numbers, they put that domino on top so that they can subtract. They put the smaller numbered domino on the bottom.
- Students add the “buttons” of the domino to get the first number to add and and then later subtract and then add the “buttons” of the second domino to get the second number to add and later subtract.
- Students write these equations vertically on their snowman and solve the problem.
- On a sheet of paper, students write the equations horizontally and solve the problem.
- Set a timer to ring after about 10 minutes.
- The student with the most correct answers wins the game.
- Click on the link to view/print Dominic the Domino Math Game Snowman
Be sure and pop back tomorrow for more creative teaching tips.
- I specifically set up this 100-grid with the numbers starting with 10-20-30-40 etc. instead of ending with those numbers like most of the 100 number grids you’ll find.
- I don't want students to be able to see that number coming at the end, so they are indeed memorizing it. This is a difficult concept for some.
- I also wanted to be able to take one strip at a time and focus on that complete set of numbers if I wanted to.
- Another reason is that my students are learning to read from left to right so if I want to count by 10’s to 100 it’s easier for them to “see” that if the numbers are on the left going to the right.
- I made this number grid horizontal so that I could make the squares bigger so that my traceable numbers could also be larger.
- I've also included a traceable 100's chart, which is often hard to find.
- After I got these grids designed I thought they’d be perfect for a slider. So I made “Gabby Apple” with wiggle eyes.
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