A few weeks ago, I discovered Annie Forest's blog and did just this. One blog post of hers that I particularly liked was 8 Ideas for the Last Minutes of Math Class. Usually, I read a post like this and find suggestions that I'm already using in my classroom. But, Annie had several fun, fresh ideas that were completely new to me, and I can't wait to try some of them out next year!
Here's the idea I'm most excited about:
Intrigued, I googled to find an online version to play. I clicked a button to roll the five dice. I guessed the score. I guessed correctly. Yay. :D I rolled the dice again. I used the same strategy to guess the score again. Nope. Wrong. Heartbroken. In my frustration, I allowed myself to get sidetracked.
Later, I mentioned the game to my boyfriend. He played a couple of games and seemed as confused as I was. But, within an hour or so, he sent me a message saying he had figured it out.
Now, I HAD to figure it out. I'm more than kind of competitive.
It was the last day of school. And, it was only half a day at that. So, that meant quite a few students just didn't show up at all. I convinced a couple of students that they should play this fun dice game with me. After a few turns, I finally figured it out. My students didn't seem quite as excited as I did, but oh well... They quickly gave up and turned their attention to their cellular devices. It was the last day of school, after all.
I really like this online version because it allows you to insert a guess before showing you the score. It even keeps track of how many of your guesses were correct.
The above site also includes information about the Fraternity of Petals Around the Rose. I think it would be fun to make membership cards to give to my students after they figured out the puzzle.
There is also an NCTM Illuminations lesson for this game that is geared towards Grades 3-5. I think it will still be a fun challenge for my high school students, though. I mean, it was a fun challenge for me as a math teacher!
Oh, and the name of the game really is important! :D