1. Teaching probability. Duh.

2. Using this game board. I can turn a set of questions into a deck of cards and students can play the game. Everyone in the group does the problem individually, they discuss as a group, anyone with a correct answer rolls. I'm always amazed at how much more willing kids are to do the same work when I disguise it as a game.

*There are 4 versions of the board in this file: with or without directions and either in color or black and white.*

3. Assign meaning to each side of the die by typing up a key. Students roll the dice and do the associated action. Examples: operations on polynomials (add, subtract, multiply, divide, classify, factor, etc), trig functions (sin, cos, tan, sec, csc, cot). Here's one I used for quadratic functions that uses 6- and 12-sided dice (though you can easily change it so as not to need 12-sided dice). Thanks to my best friend for a donation of cool dice from her Dungeons and Dragons days.

4. This one is still not classroom-tested, so proceed carefully. I tested it at home and I think it's a green light. Mailing labels (like Avery 5160) are able to stick to the foam dice I bought at Dollar Tree and also unstick neatly. That means I could write questions, equations, terms, etc. and print them on labels to stick to the dice. At the end of the activity, I can remove the labels (possibly stick them back on the sheet for next year) and reuse the dice for a later activity.

5. As a French teacher, I've made a class set of subject pronoun dice by taking a Sharpie to some foam dice. These big dice (roughly 2.5") are in two-packs at Dollar Tree. I've seen red, blue, black, and yellow.

Do you use dice in your classroom? How?

Mathematically yours,

Miss B

Kathryn: I would like your permission to share these dice activities with teachers I work with in New Mexico. I will cite your blog so that they can find more delicious ideas! thank you--

ReplyDeleteMary Kim Schreck

Mary Kim, please feel free to share these ideas with your colleagues. I post my ideas in the hopes that they will help other teachers and their students. Thanks for asking!

DeleteGreat ideas! In #2 do you provide the solutions to the students, or do they determine who has the correct solution through their discussion?

ReplyDeleteHi April,

DeleteI usually provide an answer key but if my class is doing particularly well (or I'm particularly swamped) I tell them that if they can't reach consensus, I'll be the judge. With 4 students in a group, they're pretty much always able to come to the right answer or at least recognize that they don't know it and need help.

Thanks for asking!