5 Dice/Number Cubes Games and Guided Math

Posted on September 1, 2010. Filed under: Differentiated Instruction, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , |

Talk about a great manipulative with endless possibilities. Dice games are great because they can be based on skill, luck or planning (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/dice_game_score_charts.htm). I am just going to discuss 5 great ways to use dice (or as many districts prefer  on calling them: number cubes).  I especially like dice games because you can differentiate the lessons by differentiating the dice.

1. Virtual Dice!!! This is soooo cool! You can roll them and play all kinds of games with your students. For example, roll them and ask for students to name all the different ways to make the sum that comes up. (You’re really playing the equivalent name game.)





Roll and Compare Sum or Product Template: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/dice_game_score_charts.htm

3. Roll and make the biggest or lowest number you can http://www.unpracticalmath.com/applets/virtual_dice.html

4. Questions to think about:

A. What number did you roll?

B. Spell it.

C. Write a number that is one more (the number after)

D. One less (the number before)

E. Equal to ( 2 +3 = 4 +1)

F. Add Ten More. Spell that number.

G. What number is ten less? Spell that number.

H. Tell a number story about these dice/ this number

I. Is the number or sum odd or even and why?

J. If I was skip counting by 2’s, (or 5’s, or 10’s) would I say this number?

K. How far away from a ten is this number?

L. What happens if we double this number?

M. Add lucky 8 to this number (remember how to add 8’s quick)

N. Add lucky 9 to this number (remember how to add 9’s quick)

O. Add zero to this number. What happens anytime we add zero?

5. Fact Family Templates (Remember this is practice at the abstract level)



UEN also has a great fact family dice template.

Management Tip: Make a tumbler out of 2 plastic clear (see through) cups sealed with tape around the middle. Put the dice in the tumbler (I get foam dice to decrease noise level). NO MORE DICE ON THE FLOOR. Students look in the tumbler and read the number at the bottom or the number that is showing! Works like a charm everytime.
Resources: Favorite Dice Supplier: http://www.boxcarsandoneeyedjacks.com/

I also buy these large, foam, multicolored dice that have numbers up to at least 10 on them from the Oriental Trading Company.  They are great for differentiation.

Please write in about your favorite dice games!  The first 7 people to leave a comment about this post and dice games you use in the classroom will receive a packet of 10 really cool classroom dice:)

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25 Things to do with the Hundreds Grid in a Guided Math Group or Math Center

Posted on August 24, 2010. Filed under: Differentiated Instruction, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

25 Things to do with the Hundreds Board

The hundreds board is a great tool for teaching a variety of math concepts.  Some boards start with 0 and others start with 1.  Every student should have their own number grid.  Remember in terms of differentiation, everybody is not necessarily on the same page.  For example, some students might be working on a number board that goes up to 20 while another could be working on a number grid that goes up to 200.  Number grids are great for teaching a variety of concepts including addition and subtraction strategies, reading number words and ordering numbers.  See the list below for some ideas.

1. Adding +1

2. Subtracting -1

3. Adding + 10 (http://www.ictgames.com/100huntplus10.html)

4. Subtracting +10

5. Teaching compensation with +8 facts

6. Teach compensation with  + 9 facts

7. Reading Number Words. Students pull a number card and mark that number word on the grid.First person to get 4 in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins.  Each player uses their own mat.


8. Number Hunt. Teacher calls out a numeral and the students find it.  This is a great way to reinforce vocabulary because the teacher can call out numerals such as 10 less than 25 or 1 more than 64 etc.  Also, the teacher can call out the numeral in terms of place value.  For example, find the number that has 2 tens and 7 ones.

9. Number Grid Puzzles


10. Fill in the Missing Numbers –

Take a number grid and white out some of the numbers.  Do this according to readiness levels- so some students have 5 numbers whited out while others have 25 missing.  Then put this grid in a sheet protector and have the students fill in the missing numbers.










http://www.kidzone.ws/math/ocean/t_m ath.asp?gr1-series100.html http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/maths/files/hundredsquarewords.pdf

11. Pull a Number and Round it to the Nearest 10. Use the Number grid to check your answer.

12. Talkin’ bout Numbers! Look at the number grid and discuss the numbers we use in daily life.

13. Skip Counting – Color in the Skip Counting Sequence or fill in missing number patterns.




14. Build a Grid

15. Find complements of 100

16. 100 Chart Picture Designs


17. Everyday each student fills  in the number of the day of school on a blank grid and discuss how many more days until the 100th day.

18. Numbergrid races. Students race against themselves or others to put the hundred board back together.  This can be cut up into various degrees of difficulty.  For example, some puzzles can be cut into horizontal strips, others into vertical strips, others into squares or rectangles and still others into varying odd shapes.

19. Race to 100

20. Race from 100

21. Highlight odd and even numbers

22. Hundreds grid Number Stories

23. Mystery Numbers

24. Multiple patterns

25. Money – The hundred board is great for teaching money.  Start by having students landmark the nickels, dimes and quarters and then give them problems where they have to use these landmarks to add money.

Web Resources:

Be sure to check out this website for 25 other things to do the number grid: http://letsplaymath.net/2008/09/22/things-to-do-hundred-chart/












Print Resources & Games




http://nzmaths.co.nz/resource/hundreds-board (click on the bottom of the page attachments in this site to get the activities after you read the page)


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Posting Math Workshop Schedule

Posted on January 18, 2010. Filed under: Classroom environment, Guided Math Introduction | Tags: , |


            The Math Workshop Schedule should be posted in the room in a way that children know exactly what is happening. There are a variety of types of Center Boards that can be made (See Below). Oftentimes, teachers go over the Math Workshop Schedule during the Morning Meeting.

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