Ideas for using dice in the classroom?

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  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    We sometimes get donations from the big casinos in town. I've recently come into a number of dice--I'd say that I have between 30-40 dice. I'd like to use them in some way in my classroom, but I'm not sure how. Suggestions?

    Here are some of the ideas I've come up with already:

    • Roman numeral practice (students have to convert the number on the dice to Roman numerals)
    • Homework practice (the number of practice problems would be based on a class-wide dice roll...maybe not super educational, but it might mix things up enough and keep boring practice work a tiny bit interesting)

    For situations where I give the dice to students, I'm thinking about putting a few dice into a small, clear plastic container. Students could shake up the container and see the numbers on the dice, without having to actually toss the dice themselves. I think it'll be a good way to keep everything contained and prevent the dice from being tossed around the room or stolen.

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    If you are grading selected problems from a homework, you could use the dice to choose which will be graded.

    Students could roll to pick words off a series of lists and then use those to write a dialogue or story.
     
  4. Blue

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    What age? They could write addition problems. I love the idea of keeping them in the container. It is so nice to have a few perks for your classroom. My DH is a printer, so I never had to buy paper for my kids.
     
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    I love the idea about containing the dice in plastic containers. When my second graders use dice for math games, they end up all over the floor and under desks (the dice, not the kids.)
     
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    Here are forty ideas for using dice in the classroom! Pinterest is amazing. :)

    Of course, not a one may be useful in your room, but I'll let you have a look.
     
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    I have numerous ideas for primary. What grade?

    You can play FARKLE with the dice if you can work it in to your subject area.
     
  8. Cerek

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    One of the math teachers in our district used to use dice as part of her homework incentive.

    She had a large jar of regular dice on her desk. At the beginning of class, she asked "Who completed their homework? Raise your hands." She then chose a student to give 1 die to every student who raised their hand. Those that did not complete the homework did not get a die.

    After covering the homework, the students would roll their die on their desk, then the teacher would roll a LARGE die she had for herself. Any students who matched the number rolled by the teacher got 1 piece of candy.

    May not be the best incentive, but it was certainly creative.
     
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    I like using the dice with a list of vocabulary words. I think it would be easy to use this for a dialogue in the classroom as well. The students could need to use their words as they talk with a friend or small group. It could be the words that they need to act out for the class.
     
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    Have a sentence with two or three blanks, and 6 options for each blank. For example, one blank could be adverbs of frequency numbered 1-6, another blank could be activities, and a third could be time phrases. Students roll the dice and construct sentences filling in the blanks according to the numbers rolled.

    For example:

    I always (roll 1) play basketball (roll 2) on Thursdays (roll 3.)

    I did something like this and it's a fun way to practice-- especially if some of the options lead to silly sentences (in fact, I call it the Silly Sentence Generator.)
     
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    I've used the dice in the plastic container and I LOVE it! It saves my dice from flying across the room, hitting anyone, or getting lost. I use dice for a lot of my math centers/literacy boxes. You could also use them for language arts by assigning a phrase to a number and the students have to create sentences based on what they roll.
     
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    +, -, x

    I've done adding, subtracting, and multiplication with dice. I LOVE the plastic containers!!!! Where did you all find those?
     
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    Lots of good ideas! I've never used dice for anything but math. Alas, it's rumored that dice will no longer be allowed in our district due to gang affiliations. :(
     
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    Dollar dice game is fun.
    Roll a 1 take a penny
    Roll a 2 take a nickel
    Roll a 3 take a dime
    Roll a 4 take a quarter
    Roll a 5 take any coin
    Roll a 6 lose a turn

    The goal is to have exactly $1.00 (I use different amounts depending on the ability level.).

    The kids love it. They beg to play it so I sometimes use it as a reward.
     
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    I make up my own games for tutoring, and the number rolled is the number of spaces to be moved.

    Use for fractions - ask them to identify a proper or improper fraction made by the two dice. Or, identify odd or even, a two-digit number, write expressions using inequality signs, use for creating decimals tens to tenths, play place value games (using a chart, everyone rolls and kids place their digits in whatever positions they want, at end you see who got the greatest or least decimal and that's the winner), use for divisibility practice check to see if a larger number is divisible by the rolled digit or digits)...... there are soooo many ways. I used to have the kids roll their dice in small baskets. Yes, some flew away, but it wasn't too bad.
     
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    I like all the ideas here. Just out of curiosity can you call them dice? I'm in a state with casinos but in class I have to call them game cubes:)
     
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    I've done activities were I've taken dice and used sharpie to write on letters instead for each side. I'll then have different examples of the same activity-- so lets say we're learning about adaptations, each letter would be a different animal students have to research about.
     
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    Towards the end of each year, I teach my kids my version of "classroom Farkle" and they have a blast with it. At first, they are using pencil and paper to figure their scores, but by the end, they are adding the totals in their heads -- which is the whole point for me.

    Edit: The whole point of my post was to offer the scoring sheet for classroom farkle. PM your email if you want it.
     
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    Something with conjugation, like 6 verbs and the 6 pronouns, so if you roll a 2 and a 4, you have to conjugate the 2nd verb into 1st person plural. Make sense?
     
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    Makes perfect sense!
     
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    There's tons of math games that require dice. I can't think of them off the top of my head right now, but I always feel like when I'm planning for math I come across games that require dice, and we don't have any! I would definitely keep them in the math center and I'm sure you'll come up with things throughout the year that require dice.
     
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    I teach high school foreign language. No math centers.
     
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    Maybe they could multiply the two numbers and say the answer in the foreign language? Or use the dice as digits in much larger numbers, which they have to say in the foreign language.

    Maybe they could make board games in the foreign language, present them (in the foreign language) and then play the games in small groups.
     
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    Do you teach verb conjugations?
     
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    Yes, I do. A few people have suggested using the dice in conjugating activities, which I think would work very well.

    So many great ideas here, guys! Thanks, and feel free to keep them coming!
     
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    Just pinned it! Thanks!:thumb:
     
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    My high school French teacher had us play a game where you would roll two dice when it's your turn. Each space on the board had a subject and a verb. The first roll tells you how many spaces to move. The second roll tells you which tense to conjugate the verb in. And I think the opponent checks to ensure that the verb was conjugated correctly. You probably had something similar in mind already, but hope this helps if you didn't!
     
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    It helps! Thanks!
     
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    Now that I know what you teach, I don't know if this could be helpful at all, but we used the following as a writing prompt. We first had the kids roll a die three times and write down the 3 numbers they rolled BEFORE we even told them what the assignment was going to be about. Then, they had to match their numbers to the corresponding character, setting, and problem and write a story about it. I don't know if your kids would be ready to do something in the language you teach, but maybe you could even have them use the number words and "trade" numbers with someone before they know what the numbers stand for (in the language they are learning), and then write a sentence using the information instead of a whole story. At any rate, I know I've been interested in all the terrific ideas on this thread (thanks for starting it!) so hopefully somebody can use this idea :)

    Character:
    1- an old lady
    2- a purple dragon
    3- a crazy monkey
    4- an elf
    5- a one-eyed alien
    6- a police officer

    Setting:
    1- in a deep, dark forest
    2 on a boat out to sea
    3- in an old mansion
    4- in Grandmother's attic
    5- at the beach
    6- at King's Island

    Problem:
    1- falls in a hole
    2- is mad at the world
    3- doesn't have friends
    4- loses his favorite thing
    5- wants a new home
    6- doesn't know how to read
     
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    I'm not sure if we could do that in the target language, but it does sound like a great creative writing prompt. I could use it as a bellringer writing assignment, definitely. Great idea!
     
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    Dollar Tree sells dice 10 for a dollar! Can't beat that price!
     
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    Oh! I love this idea! Thanks!
     
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    This might be a little advance but, why not do probability modeling? They can try and run their own statistical experiment, provided they get into it.
     
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    I play a team game. If the team gets a right answer they get to roll the dice (I have pink fuzzy dice). 1=body, 2=leg, 3=antenna etc.
    The first team to complete a bug wins.
     

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