Computation Dice Games - Math Coach's Corner

# Computation Dice Games

### Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coachâ€™s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

#### Addition | Math Games | Multiplication | Subtraction

##### 23 Comments

I remember being in a teacher’s classroom and the students were making equations to equal the number of the day, which was 44. I noticed that all the students were using just two numbers in their equations (40 + 4, 50 – 6, etc.). I wanted to try to push their thinking just a little, so I asked if anyone could make an equation with three numbers to equal 44. Crickets chirping. Okay, so they needed a little more support. I asked them if I added 20 + 20, what would I still have to do to get to 44. That did it! Hands went up, and we wrote the equation 20 + 20 + 4 on the chart. They, of course, followed with more. We even got into some multiplication and division! Very cool. This experience made me realize that we need to get our students to think outside the box on a regular basis. Throw them a curveball, so to speak. With that on my mind, I created these easy little computation dice games for combining 3 numbers, using multiple operations, to make a target number.

There are two versions: one that uses just addition and subtraction toÂ make 11Â and another that uses addition, subtraction, and multiplication toÂ make 21. Â Because there’s a strategy component, you’re also sharpening their problem-solving skills! Click here to grab your computation dice games. Enjoy!

# 23 Comments

1. These are great games. I am going to give them to my daughter to play with her children. ðŸ™‚

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• Sounds perfect, Cindy! Couldn’t be easier to play. ðŸ™‚

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2. We’ve been practicing computation and I totally agree that the kiddos need to think outside the box! Love the idea ðŸ™‚ Thanks!

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• Thanks, Sarah! I hope the kiddos like the game. ðŸ™‚

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3. Great games as usual! Thanks so much!

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• Thanks, Beverley! Who doesn’t like games, right? ðŸ™‚

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4. I like the way you stretch your mathematicians. Thank you for sharing.
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

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• That’s ALWAYS my goal!! ðŸ™‚

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5. Oh…I love these games. I’m sure my students will too. Thanks ðŸ™‚

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• Thanks, Su Anna! I love that they’re so easy and require virtually no teacher prep.

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6. Sounds good. Even older kids can do this! I will see if my 4th graders are up on this one! they tend to live in the box ðŸ™‚ They hate when I flip the box over!!

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• Ha ha…flip the box over. Love it!

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7. These are great! Thank you for the Christmas gift. ðŸ™‚

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• You’re welcome, Melissa! ðŸ™‚

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8. Thank you so much for these! My kiddos love these dice games. I love how they let them practice their basic skills in a new way!

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• Anytime you can make practice a game, it’s a win-win situation! ðŸ™‚

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9. Love all your ideas! And freebies!!! Thank you so much!
2nd Grade Teacher

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• You’re very welcome. ðŸ™‚

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10. Thank you for these computation dice games. I am a 4th grade teacher and I am going to use a workshop model to teach math this year. These computation games will work great at the beginning of the year to help me manage math workshop. One station will be a game station.

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11. Thank you so much for all your great ideas! I love your blog!

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12. Hi! I can’t get the third link to work:

“If you are looking for more low-prep, high-engagement activities, check out this blog post to see more great games for multiplication.”

Any suggestions to get to the additional blog post?

Thank you!

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• Huh, I’m not sure why the link was broken, but I’ve fixed it now! Thanks for letting me know. ðŸ™‚

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• Worked for me, thanks!

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