Thursday, 27 August 2015
Ten Pin (Bowling) Maths
Materials: Ten Pin Bowling format with Numbers 1 to 10, and 3 x 1-6 Dice (or 3 x 0 to 9 Dice)
Objectives: To practice the four operations and order of operations to find solutions with 3 random numbers, as produced by the dice rolls
Goal: To ‘Strike Out’ as many of the numbers as possible
Organisation: 1. Can be played as a whole class warm up (but be aware some students may let others do all the calculations)
2. in small groups (of Four) each student has a Ten Pin Grid. They take turns to roll the three dice and then ‘strike out’ as many numbers as possible
Method: 1. One person rolls the three dice, records the numbers on paper, and then using the four operations of (addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division), as well
as brackets, and each number on the dice once they find a solution, which Strikes
out a number.
e.g. If 2, 2, and 3 are rolled 2+2+3 is equal to 7 so 7 is struck out.
then 2+2-3 is equal to 1 so 1 is struck out.
2-2+3 gives 3 and 3 is struck out.
Try to remove as many numbers as possible with each roll.
2. After all solutions as possible are found the dice are rolled by the next player.
3. This can be played cooperatively, with each student in the group helping each other, or competitively with each student only using their own rolls of the dice to strike out numbers during their roll
Adjustments: With younger/less able students focus on addition and subtraction. More able all operations
Note: When using dice I prefer to use ten sided dice (0-9) as it generates all the digits
and has the spoiler of a zero as well. 1-6 Dice/Number Cubes are more suitable
for younger students