How can you bring some hands-on spontaneity into your math classroom? It’s super easy! Invest in some dice and get some inspiration below.
When you make math more hands-on, you not only more successfully engage your students, but you are helping the learning stick in their brains; retention is improved.
When you think of math manipulatives, you may think of elementary students using various number blocks to learn place value or addition and subtraction. Sometimes, we struggle to think of ways to incorporate manipulatives in the upper grades.
That’s where dice come into play. There so many creative ways to get your students using dice in math class. I like the soft foam dice (shown above) because they are so nice and quiet when rolled! There are a few options of sizes, which is also nice. Some of the ideas below require both small and large dice together. You can also get giant inflatable dice. By buying just two of those jumbo ones, you'll be able to roll them in front of the whole class for management ideas (below) or for large group lessons on probability, etc. for everyone to see.
I posted on Instagram and asked everyone to share their favorite ways to use dice in the classroom, and I’ve included some of my own!
Here are 23 ways to get you started. You can use dice to:
Middle School Pre-Algebra
Do you have any cool ways to use dice in your classroom? Add more to this collaborative list in a comment below!
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