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Dicey Operations

This collection of 6 games develops place value, operation sense and fluency, estimation, and strategic thinking. It is played on paper with a 6- or 9-sided die (printable pdf game sheets included). Players choose a game grid with empty cells representing the digits of a computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division). They take turns rolling a die and placing the resulting number in a cell on their own grids. The goal is to create a sum/difference/product/quotient that is closest to a target number. Variations include using a decimal point and scoring options. Teachers' Notes include suggestions for introducing the game, discussion questions, support suggestions, and a link to a more challenging extension (Countdown, cataloged separately).
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Contributed by: Millennium Mathematics Project, Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Decimals, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Game

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom), Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMillennium Mathematics Project, Publisher
    • Publication Date2010-05
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2007 University of Cambridge
      http://nrich.maths.org/public/terms.php
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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