Greedy Pig

Greedy Pig
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

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One Word

This is a great filler activity if you have a few minutes until the bell goes. It also helps students practice story telling, their oral language and logical thinking. -Students sit in a circle or, if they're at their desks, determine which order they'll be going in. - Each person says one word and the next person adds to it, and so on and so on, and it turns into a story. - For example, Grace says "The," Sam says "mouse," and Tom says "tiptoed." It's a simple concept but it requires that everyone pays attention, so that they follow the story, and don't say a word that doesn't fit in or make sense. This game can go for as long or as short as you like! For an added challenge you can set a topic, setting, theme or genre. (Eg: A mystery, set at the zoo, involving monkeys.) If

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Word Race

-Divide students into 3 or 4 teams (depending on how big your whiteboard is) & line them up in front of the white board. -Write one word on the board for each team. -One person from each team will go to the board to write a word that starts with the last letter of your word. -The next person in their team then has to think of a word that starts with the last letter of the word their team member wrote. -Students continue taking turns writing words on the board until you stop the game. -You can stop when groups start running out of space to write or after a set amount of time. -Add up each team's points. 1-3 Letters = 1 point 4-5 Letters = 2 points 6+ Letters = 3 points (Words that have been repeated or are incorrect do not count.) -The team with the

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