Play the following game for 1-3 players. Record dice rolls for class discussion.
Materials: game board, two dice with six sides (in different colors), 10 small tokens (paper clips, coins, pieces of paper, etc.) for each player
Goal: Remove markers from the board in the fewest turns.
- Each player places 10 small tokens within columns of their choice. The player is free to place as many or as few tokens in a given column as they wish.
- In turns, the current player rolls two dice and records the sum. If the current player has a token in the column with the matching sum, that player removes one marker from that column.
- If the current player has removed all of their tokens, they are the winner. If not, play passes to the next player.
- Keep track of dice rolls.
- What patterns do you notice about the dice rolls (if any)?
- What strategies would you give for elementary students playing this game?
- The Google dice roller can be used if physical dice are not available. The Wizard's dice roller is less user friendly, but automatically records the data.
Adapted from: Connected Mathematics Project
Roller Derby game board