The game of Pig is designed to help students develop and practice their mental addition skills. It can also be used to introduce and explore the concept of probability.
The object of the game is to be the first player to achieve a score of 100 or more.
On a player’s turn, he/she will roll two dice as many times as he/she likes and will mentally keep a running total of the sums that they roll. For example, if a player rolled a 2 and 4 (6) and then 2 and 2 (4), his/her running total would be 10 as 6+4=10.
A player may stop rolling the dice at any point during his/her turn. Once a player stops rolling, he/she will add the total for that round to his/her score from the previous round. Students may keep track of their scores on scrap paper or may use the scorecard provided (page 5).
Here’s the catch! If a player rolls a 1 before he/she decides to stop rolling, the player will get a score of 0 for that round. What’s more, if a player rolls a 1 on both dice, the player will lose all of their accumulated points and he/she will go back to a score of 0.
In either event, the player’s turn is over and the next player takes his/her turn.
The first player to 100 or more is the winner. If no one has reached 100 points, the winner then becomes the player with the highest score once the scorecard is filled.
In this file you will find...
- printable game instructions (page 3)
- additional thoughts about the game (page 4)
- a scorecard (page 5)
- a printable hundreds chart to assist students with their mental addition (page 6)
- acknowledgements (page 8)
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