Multiplication Facts Game
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Going Up - Going Down
Two decahedron (10-sided) dice for every 4 students, a piece of paper and writing utensil for each team (2 students). You can use 6-sided dice, but it limits the number facts practiced.
Another idea is to use blank 6-sided dice and put the numbers on them you want to use. You can also cut up address labels, write on them, and put them over the faces of regular dice.
Another method is to use a random number generator on a calculator, but I prefer that the students have the tactile experience of rolling the dice. Mouse pads or drawer liner make good rolling surfaces and cut down the noise levels. It is possible to buy foam dice, but I’ve never seen the decahedron dice in foam. Please email me if you find a source.
The mathematical goals are to practice multiplication facts, to practice mental addition/subtraction and justification of answers, and to think about the magnitude of numbers and their relationship to the team target. These are a part of developing good number sense. Class discussion can also introduce the element of probability.