Math Rolls


Tip: Math Rolls

How do I do it?
English Learners need time to practice with math vocabulary.  Use 3 blank cubes, two with numbers written on them and the other labelled with key math vocabulary that students are studying.  Working in pairs or small groups and taking turns, one student rolls both cubes.  Using the two numbers rolled and the word rolled, students say and/or write a math problem and solve it.  For example, if the numbers rolled are "3" and "2" and the word rolled is "add", students could say, "Add 2 and 3" or "3, add 2 is?" or "If you add 2 to 3 what do you get?" 

Variations & Extensions:
Older students might roll: "1.5" and "x" and "parabola" and could say, "If a parabola intersects the y-axis at 1.5, where will it intersect the x -axis?"  The variations are endless and I'm sure you can think of many ways for students to practice their math vocabulary and concepts with cubes you customize to fit your current unit of study!

You can make your own cubes  or you can purchase wipe and write cubes.

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Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 2
Standard 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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