"Get to 1,000"
Materials: A pair of standard (six sides) dice (one per player)
Overview: Students play a dice game in which they multiply the number that comes up on each roll of the die by 1, 10, 100 to find the product. Partners roll 10 times each, then add up the products. The player whose score is closest to 1,000 (the score may be under or over 1,000) is the winner.
Skills reinforced: In this game, students have the opportunity to estimate and perform calculations mentally. As they make their way to their 10th roll, students must judge how big their number is and how it relates to the number they want to get to (1,000). This gives students a sense of the relative size of numbers. In addition, students must think about what effect the operation of multiplication will have on their score. Also, students get valuable practice multiplying by powers of 10.
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