5 Dice: Order of Operations Games

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

Great center activity. Simple to prepare yet more challenging to play as opposed to simply putting numbers in order. Just what I was looking for. Thanks. – Heather White

This is a wonderful game. It has everything needed, and it will be a wonderful learning experience for the children. – Missy Powers

Great activity for a center! – Math Coach Montague

This has been a big hit with my middle-schoolers!! – mamaloon

This is a fun way to practice order of operations! The kids love it! – unferthfrogs

My students loved this game. – kyleigh1606

Wonderful for my 6th grade class. Great that it works with the iphone app as well! – Dhalderman

5DiceThe 5-Dice game seems deceptively simple when you first read the instructions. You just roll the 5 dice and then make decisions about which operations to use to get the target answer or as close to the target answer as possible. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right? The reality is that this game is filled with problem-solving exploration and higher-level thinking. The order in which you use the operations and whether you use place value to construct the original numbers you create makes this game incredibly challenging, mind bending, and really fun! If you’re using this game in a classroom, set up teams to play against each other. Make the game even more exciting by having the students type their expressions into a joint Google Doc at their computers or on your classroom blackboard (or use the iOS App that goes with it).

Time pressure isn’t fun during a classroom test, but with a game it spurs kids on to new heights of agility with mental math. There are endless numbers of combinations that will hit the target or get close to it. Kids will really have to stretch their brains as the target numbers move from 2-digit to 4-digit.

This game is great for students who are used to working with numbers but are just about to start learning algebra. In a way, they are solving for the unknown. They have the known numbers and they have an answer, so what they have to do is find the missing quantity that makes their equation hit the known answer.

Another fun way to try the game in a classroom setting is to give each team just 4 dice. After they roll their dice and get their numbers, then you can roll a dice and give that number to each group to use. You can also try adding some interesting rules to the game such as “In this round you have to use at least one 2-digit number and one 3-digit number.” Another option might be to tell students that in addition to their dice numbers they can also use the number 0 anywhere in their place value that makes sense. Give a prize for the most unexpected set of numbers that yields the target result.

Common Core Mathematical Standards

These are few representative CCSS. This game can be modified or adapted for use in grade 3 or 4 to grade 8 or above
3.OA Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
3.NBT Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

5.OA Write and interpret numerical expressions.
5.OA.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

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