Times Table Game
"Multiply & Conquer"
Your students will get a kick out of playing this times table game. It's fun and engaging and helps them memorize their multiplication tables!
What You Need:
Object of the Game:
To Conquer more of the game board than the other players by creating correct multiplication facts.
Overview of Game:
The game board is made up squares grouped five at a time, by color. Each colored group of five squares forms a multiplication fact that's missing two factors. The picture on left shows a colored group of multiplication facts from the game board.
Players complete multiplication-facts by placing their number cards in the empty squares.
- Decide which player will go first.
- Each player gets a set of number cards in a specific color; decide the color number cards for each player and pass them out to each player.
How To Play:
- The first player rolls both dice.
The objective in rolling the dice is to roll a number that will complete multiplication facts on the game board.
- If a number is rolled that can fill an empty square of a multiplication fact, she uses her number card corresponding to that number and places it on that square of the game board.
- That multiplication-fact block is now "occupied" by that player and can't be completed by an opponent until the EXIT Round, which is explained further down the page.
On each dice roll, player has several options:
1) Choose one of the two numbers rolled.
2) Choose the sum of the two numbers rolled.
4) No numbers on the dice can be used.
- If they can't use any numbers on their roll, they can't play and the next player takes their turn in the same way.
- If a player rolls a double, they roll the dice again for another play even if they were able to put a number card down on the double roll.
Let's use an example...
The first player rolls a 6 and a 2 on the two dice.
The multiplication fact below is on the game board.
Since the player rolled a 6 and a 2, they can use the sum of 8; then use their 8-number card (since 8 x 6 = 48) and place it on the game board as shown below:
number card "8" placed down on game board
Keep in mind, the player could have also put down their 6-number card instead of their 8-number card on the board, because they rolled a 6 on one of the dice.
When a player puts a number card down, they've "occupied" that multiplication fact block, so other players can't put a number card down in that same multiplication fact block, until the EXIT Round.
So in this example, the player with the blue number cards is the only player that can complete this multiplication fact.
How To Play Continued...
Challenging a Player:
After a player puts their number card down on an empty square, other players can challenge, if they think the number card has been placed in an incorrect spot. (It can also be challenged later in the game if it is missed right away.)
One way to facilitate this is to have a multiplication master key that is turned face-down throughout the game, until a challenge comes up. When a challenge comes up, the player that challenges turns over the master key and all players check to see whether the number card is in a correct spot on the board or not.
If the number card was laid down in an incorrect spot, the player who placed the card down picks up their number card and play continues with the next player.
- Play continues the same way until 1) all multiplication fact blocks have been "occupied" (they don't need to be completed), and 2) when at least one player has all of their multiplication fact blocks completed. When this happens, the game enters the EXIT Round. blocks completely.
- EXIT Round: At this point, all multiplication fact blocks have been occupied. The player or players who have all of their multiplication fact blocks completed have the chance to take over an opponents' multiplication fact blocks.
- Play continues as before, but now a player who already has their multiplication facts blocks filled, rolls the dice when it's their turn and can now place a number card down on any empty square. If they do so before the original "occupier" of that multiplication fact block, they take over that whole block and replace the previous players number card with one of their own!
- The player that has the most number cards after all squares are filled in on the game board is the winner!
Have Fun Playing!!!
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