Background:

This game is a variation of the numbers game played on the popular television program, Countdown (called Letters & Numbers in Australia).

Game Objective: To make the target using the numbers on the four dice

Materials: Four dice

WALT: Use our knowledge of numbers and the four operations to create the target number

WILF: Understanding of how numbers can be made using different operations

Summary:

• Teacher selects a target number
• Four dice are rolled
• Students need to try and make the target number using the numbers on the four dice and any operation
• For example, if the dice numbers were, 6, 2, 3 and 4, and the target was 24, a solution could be, 6 x 2 + 3 x 4 = 24

Variation:

• The target number, number of dice and type of dice (6-sided, 9-sided, etc.) can be varied to modify the difficulty
• A point or tallying system could also be developed where solutions could be sorted by the number of dice used
• A random number generator could be used to generate the target number and the dice rolls
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