It’s time to practice those math facts! This game is great for any child who has learned to add, subtract, and multiply but needs practice with one or more operations.
(Note: Many basic fact games are games of chance, not skill. This SAM game will require some strategic play, which makes it more fun for the children who have mastered their facts!)
The SAM game is based on a similar concept seen elsewhere using standard 6-sided dice. I extended it to the 12 facts because my daughter needed practice with the 6, 7, 8, and 9’s facts, but very few of the multiplication games I saw online used all of those facts within the same game. (I decided to go to 12’s rather than stop at 10’s because the 11 facts are easy, and the 12’s are just one more than 11’s! As I hoped, my daughter now has no problem with 11's, and she is learning her 12's!)
It’s this easy:
-- Roll the dice.
-- SUBTRACT, ADD, and MULTIPLY the two numbers you rolled. (*Hint: doing the operations in that order keeps the answers in order, too: a roll of 3 and 8, for example, would yield answers of 5, 11, and 24; children can follow the spiral path from the center of each game board and find their three numbers in order.)
-- Place your marker on one of those three answers; if they’re all taken, roll again! The winner is the first player to get five in a row, so place your markers strategically!
-- Use dice other than the 12-sided dice recommended. Your students can use these game boards with 6-sided, 8-sided, and 10-sided dice, too!
-- Children can use the “Strategy Planner” slips to keep track of their three answers for each roll if their working memory skills are weak.
-- Not enough time (or stamina) for a full 5-in-a-row game? The first player with FOUR in a row wins.
You will need two dice and 20-30 markers per player.
Teach and play at school, then send home a game board and spinners for practice!
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