This well known dice game has been a favourite of mine for awhile. I even remember playing it when I was in primary school, back in the 80’s! I have played this game with classes from Year 2 to 7. All grades have loved it. It is great for mental computation, addition and also discussing the element of chance.
There are a many different versions of how to play. Here are 3 ways that I have played with classes:
Partner Game #1
Players take turns rolling a die. During their turn, they may roll as many times as they like, adding up their rolls as they go. They can stop rolling whenever they like. However, if they roll a 1 their turn finishes & they will receive 0 points for that turn! Once they decide to stop rolling they can add the amount to their running score. The first person to reach 100 points is the winner.
Students can tally their rolls to keep track of their points if they wish. If they roll a 0 they cross out their current tally.
Most classrooms have a class set of dice somewhere to use. I like to bring my own set just in case though! You can usually find dice pretty cheap on eBay or at discount stores.
Partner Game #2
Players take turns rolling a die. During their turn, they may roll as many times as they like, adding up their rolls as they go. They can stop rolling whenever they like. If they roll a 1 they will receive 0 points for that turn! Once they decide to stop rolling they can add the amount to their running score. The person who has the most points after 10 turns is the winner!
Whole Class Game #3
The whole class stands up as the teacher rolls the dice, adding up the rolls as they go. When a student wishes to stop, they sit down and write down the points they received for that roll. If the teacher rolls a 1, any student still standing must sit down and record 0 of that turn. Once all students are sitting down, that “turn” is finished, the class all stands up again and the teacher starts rolling for the next turn. The first student to 100 OR the student with the highest score after 10 rolls is the winner!
I love using giant fuzzy dice for whole class games! I found these in the car section at Kmart!
Have you played Greedy Pig with your class? What’s your version of the game? I would love to hear about your versions in the comments below!