Math Practice Through Yahtzee
C is in charge of planning our game curriculum and one of his favorite games is Yahtzee. Yahtzee is a game with five dice where you roll for certain things such as four of a kind, or a straight, or a YAHTZEE – five of the same number! He just happens to be super lucky and rolls at least once Yahtzee every game. This is a favorite game of our extended family, especially to play on the beach.
So now that we have been home, C want to play it quite a bit and we found it to be a great way to work on addition and multiplication! After our three rolls, we have C or G add the total of the
dice, or give us the multiplication fact. For example, if I rolled 3 5’s and want to put this as my score of 5’s, I can ask what is 3 x 5. When we roll for a three of a kind, the total of all five dice needs to be added, so then they can add all five dice (5 + 5 + 5 + 6 +1), or use multiplication and addition to come up with the total (3 x 5 + 6 + 1)
It has been really great for them! G was so proud of all the math she completed on the scorecard that she hung it in her room! It also had her most invested in the game to be in charge of the scorepad, since it is inevitable that C will win. and so far he has! It is no wonder that he has Yahtzee on the lesson plan so often!
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