Materials: Game board, 3 dice, game markers, score pad
This game may be played by individuals, with partners, or in large groups using the overhead to display the game board.
Procedure: Each team rolls the 3 dice to see who plays first. The smallest sum must go first. The first team to play will roll all three dice. Using those three numbers and any combinations of the four basic operations they attempt to arrive at any number on the game board. Example: If the roll was 2, 3, and 5 the players may choose to take 5x3+2=17. The team would then cover the 17 with a marker. The first play of the game does not score. The second team then rolls the dice and they repeat the process however they must touch the existing game marker. It may touch horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The team would score one point for touching one marker. The first team then plays again and attempts to play where they can touch both markers so that they would receive two points. If they only | touch one marker then they would get one point. If the team cannot touch either marker they must pass and take a 0 for that turn. If a team passes when in fact there was an available play and the opponent sees it they can point it out, place a marker there, count that score and then take their regular turn. Scores for a turn range from 0 to 8. The game may end after a team has had to make three consecutive passes or when a team has reached a predetermined score such as 25. The game can also be played for a set time such as 15 minutes. The team with the highest score is the winner
1. Make the game easier by
revising the game board to a 4 x 5 grid, use only 2 dice, and
include the following numbers on the grid in any fashion;
2. Play a short game allowing each team only five turns.
3. To get more experience at subtraction, begin with a score of 50 or 25 and subtract points rather than add them. Low score would win this variation.
Standards: 6A, 6B, 6C