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Nice and Nasty

This simple game with 5 variations develops place value understanding and strategic thinking. It is played on paper with a 6- or 9-sided die (printable pdf game sheet included). Two players take turns rolling a die and placing the resulting number in one of their four cells, representing the places of a 4-digit number. In the basic version the player who creates the larger number wins. Variations include aiming for the smaller number or a predetermined target number, using a decimal point, placing numbers in an opponent's cells, and several scoring options. Teachers' Notes include suggestions for introducing the game, support suggestions, and a link to a more challenging extension (Dicey Operations, cataloged separately).
Contributed by: Millennium Mathematics Project, Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Decimals, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Game

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom), Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMillennium Mathematics Project, Publisher
    • Publication Date2010-03
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2007 University of Cambridge
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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