Monday, October 6, 2008

Roll and Record

We introduced the game of "Roll and Record" last week in Math Workshop. The students love to play this game in class. Here is how it works. The students need a dot cube or dice and a recording sheet. The recording sheet is a chart with 9 rows and 6 columns. The numerals 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are printed in the bottom row of each column. This creates a chart with 6 numbered columns and eight empty boxes above each number in the columns. The first thing the student does is roll the cube.

Next he or she counts the dots they see. The next step is to write the number they rolled in the appropriate column on the recording sheet. They repeat these steps rolling the dot cube and recording the number in the column.

The numbers begin to stack on top of each other in the columns. They continue to roll and record until one column is filled. This is a great time to talk with the students about their chart. "Which number did you roll the most times?" , "Which number did you roll the least?", "How many times did you roll a three?". After the student has talked about the chart, they can continue to play the game until they fill all columns. When a column is full the child should skip the record part and roll again. This process will help the children practice writing and recognizing the numbers. To make this game a little more challenging, two dice can be rolled. The recording sheet would have eleven columns with numbers 2-12 in the columns. The student would roll the two dice and add them together before recording their combined total. "Roll and Record" is a perfect game to play with your child at home. Try It and let us know how it goes.

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