Oversized Dice Cuts Learning Curve in Half
For multiplication and division fun, I like using oversized dice made from discarded tissue cubes.
I cover the cubes with craft paper, then, to each facet of each cube, I attach a clear plastic sleeve recycled from old brag photo albums. I then prepare a series of cards that feature helpful representations (e.g., sets of drawn “objects,” numbers, number sentences, and operational symbols). Once I’ve selected the target skill or criteria I want students to work on, I insert the corresponding cards into the plastic sleeves and have children take turns rolling the dice and recording and solving the problems that result. Tips: You can colo-code cubes or cube sides to represent the different operations. Also, store cards together in small envelopes.
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