Create a New Game Using Dice

Students will identify games that use dice, identify different ways the dice are used and create a new game that uses dice in one or more ways.

PROCESS:

1. Have students compile a list of games they've played that use dice. Encourage them to search online to find even more.
2. Instruct students to review the design and rules of play for several games. Encourage them to make a list of different ways games use dice. Challenge them to explain why each game incorporates dice as it does.
3. Invite students to create a new game of their own that uses dice. Instruct them to design the game board and write simple rules of play. Remind them to specify how the dice should be used during the game.
4. Have students present their games to the class.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their games to the class. Then analyze the design and rules of play of each game. Did most students use design or method to incorporate dice into their game in a new way? Challenge students to explain the answer to that question.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, compile a list of games that use dice and analyze how dice are used in each game. Then divide the class into small groups. Give groups time to create a new game that uses just two die.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, compile a list of games that use dice. Challenge students to include games that have numbers, letters or pips on the dice. Analyze how the dice are used in each game. Then divide the class into small groups. Give groups time to create a new game that uses numbers, letters or pips on the dice.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to make a list of games that use dice featuring numbers, letters or pips. Have groups analyze how the dice are used in each game. Then give groups time to create a new game of their own. Challenge them to find a unique way to tie the design of the gameboard to how the dice are used during play.
Grades 9-10:
Assign each student a partner. Have pairs make a list of games that use dice featuring numbers, letters, symbols or pips. Then have them analyze how the dice are used in each game. Give partners time to create a new game of their own. Challenge them to write rules of play that require dice to be used in more than one way.