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Playing Connect Three

This activity promotes students to explore and analyze the number of different ways of achieving each of the specific outcomes when adding and subtracting positive and negative integers while playing the game, "Connect Three." By answering key questions, the players work out a strategy for improving their chances of winning the game. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for support, extension and answers to questions are provided. A pdf of the game board and a spreadsheet to simulate tossing the dice are linked.
Contributed by: Millenium Mathematics Project, Publisher
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Probability, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Game, Interactive Media

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom), Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMillenium Mathematics Project, Publisher
    • Publication Date2008-01
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2007 University of Cambridge
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 3
      Good concept, probably without computer
      By bethb on 06/14/2012 - 13:34
    • This is a good game to build confidence adding and subtracting. However, I probably would not use the computer version because it does the computation for the student. I also would prefer to use a board and die that only have positive integers.