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Computation Dice Games

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.

Grab these free computation dice games

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

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  1. 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 🙂 They hate when I flip the box over!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. Yes, it’s at the bottom of the post. It didn’t stand out very much, so I’ve underlined and bolded it. Sorry for the confusion!

  5. Love your Blog and all your work! We’ve been practicing computation and I totally agree that the kiddos need to think outside the box! Love the idea!!

    However, i am having issues downloading..Dropbox won’t “open” i guess…any thougths!?

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