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Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 0 Comments

I’m trying to build up a collection of maths games for lesson fillers, reward and skills practise.

My current favourite, and Yr 9 seemed to enjoy it this afternoon, is Pig (look for Pig on MathSphere, there are some other good free resources there too).  There are several addition/subtraction games using dice, what I like about this once is that students can loose the score they’ve built up when they throw a 1.  Some students are conservative… whereas some can be greedy.  They discuss their strategies, they make informal decisions about fairness.  For the end of the day, Yr 9 were doing more maths than they realised!

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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