Dice are such a great way to build on students’ number sense skills. They are great for subitizing, one-to-one correspondence, and can be used to build addition and subtraction skills. All this and students love using dice because it feels like they are playing a game instead of doing math ‘work’!
I developed these math activities with this in mind, and I know our students have loved visiting these centers.
These re-usable dice mats are great for building on students’ number sense. They are a perfect challenge for this time in the school year, when students have been practicing using ten frames, tallies and number lines. I love the extra challenge of the number bonds.
This activity is another great reusable activity. This one will work on their addition skills. They roll two dice, then write the addition sentence to match. They can keep using these mats, by wiping off their answer and doing it again!
The worksheets in this pack will work on a variety of skills, and are great for assessing and reviewing.
These worksheets are great for introducing or reviewing addition and subtraction. The students need to roll a dice twice, record the numbers they got, and then add the two numbers together.
For the subtraction worksheet, it is better if they have two dice that they roll at the same time. This way, they can compare the two numbers and record the biggest number first, then subtract the smaller number from it.
This activity is similar to the one above, but with the added challenge of drawing the dice.
Count and Write has students fill in the addition math sentences using the dice that on the page. Great for assessing students’ knowledge and making sure students are on the right track.
This is my favourite worksheets out of the whole pack! It really makes our students think of the different strategies that they can use when adding or subtracting. They roll two dice, then draw the dot patterns. Then they have to use those two numbers in a number sentence (you can do addition or subtraction), and draw a picture of the number sentence. Finally, they have to show their number sentence another way- I used tallies, but they could use ten frames, number line or any other strategy that they like.
All of these activities are available on their own or in a bundle:
What is your favourite use for dice? Do you use them a lot in your classroom?