Teachers

MATH DICE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE

Challenge #1: Puzzle Inventor

Program Introduction

Teachers, welcome to your first Math Dice Challenge! Get ready for your students to do some of their very best math thinking. Use this site as a step by step guide to take your class through the challenge.

In this challenge:

Your students will become puzzle inventors! Beginning by playing basic Math Dice and continuing on with a set of mind-challenging puzzles, players will see how a twist in rules can take them down a whole new path of problem solving. By the end, students will have developed their own Math Dice puzzle to challenge their peers.

Getting Started:
1

Before bringing your students in, make a few decisions about how you plan to run the challenge.

  1. Will it be used in a classroom, Distance Learning or as a combination?
  2. How many students will participate?
  3. Would you like to set a class achievement goal? If so, check out our classroom thermometer.
2

Gather Math Dice games! We recommend 1 game per 3 students. You can purchase games in bundles for your classroom by contacting education@thinkfun.com.

3

Now get your students excited to take the challenge by sharing this intro video.

4

Direct your students to the Mathdice.com/students site. This includes easy access to How to Play videos and much of the other content you will share with them, including virtual play and sample challenges.

For Distance Learning:

Encourage students to have their own Math Dice game at home. You can also set up a borrow system for your Math Dice classroom inventory. Playing the game with peers or family provides a rich experience that shouldn't be missed. In the absense of physical play, the online can can be used.

Math Dice

The fast-paces and fun game of Math Dice is central to the Classroom Challenge. Before starting the challenge, make sure you and your class are familiar with the rules of the basic game. have a good spot to play and get some practice in.

1

Share this 3-minute How to Play Math Dice with your students.

2

Send out this virtual play link.

Play Math Dice Online

3

Consider setting up a Math Dice Center. Check out this video on how and why a center can help your students.

4

Get students playing Math Dice! They can play in groups in the classroom, with family at home or virtually.

5

Introduce these alternate Math Dice Play Rules (optional).

For Distance Learning:

Have students play virtually against a peer. Each player can take a turn rolling the dice and announcing numbers.

Puzzles & Passport

Now your students are ready to take the challenge!

The XX challenge consists of playing Math Dice, solving paper and pencil puzzles and creating puzzles. A Player Passport is used to guide students along and track their progress. Make sure your students know to have this with them as they play and solve.

1

Pass around a Player Passport to each student. Review the passport. Each time a puzzle or a game is completed it needs to be marked on the passport.

2

Familiarize students with the four styles of Paper and Pencil Puzzles. You may want to solve some of these as a class.

3

Pass around a Player Passport to each student. Review the passport. Each time a puzzle or a game is completed it needs to be marked on the passport.

4

Communicate with your class on how and when the puzzles should be solved.

5

Choose between a Basic and Advanced challenge. The Advanced challenge assumes that players are getting comfortable with division and exponents.

Basic Challenge


Download the puzzle solution sheets for your reference only (don't share with students). Then send your players the puzzle links.

Advanced Challenge


Download the puzzle solution sheets for your reference only (don't share with students). Then send your players the puzzle links.

For Distance Learning:

Send puzzles by copying and pasting the puzzle links or taking screenshots. Assigning and sending one puzzle at a time is recommended for the first challenge. Consider meeting as a class over video to review practice challenges.

 

Math Talks

The Math Talk presentations take students through solving and then creating their own Math Dice puzzles. To get the started:

1

Direct students to watch the Math Talk #1: Part 1 video

After watching ---
• They will record 3 Math Dice rolls on their Player Passport and solve each.

2

Direct students to watch the Math Talk #1: Part 2 video

After watching ---
• They will create a puzzle with hints on their Player Passport.

3

Have students challenge one another with their puzzle creations!

For Distance Learning:

Consider assigning students a buddy to swap puzzle inventions with.

Goals & Achievements

Congratulations, you've completed the challenge.
Now it's time to celebrate!

1

Share solutions and gather feedback from your class.

2

If using the thermometer, review your progress. Did you reach your class goal?

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Are you ready for more? Sign up and we'll email you with our program updates:

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If your students love Math Dice, a fun way to further motivate them is to hold a classroom tournament. It's easy to set up and run! Find all of the details here: