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Top-It


February 09, 2005

I teach a class of struggling math students and differentiate almost daily to meet them at their levels. I try to keep things up beat and fun by having students play different versions of the same game. You know it as War, but I explain to the children that War is not my favorite thing so I call it Top-It instead. This week we've played Top-It by rolling three dice to make three-digit numbers, then estimating and adding them; rolling a double-die (large die with a small die inside it) to make two-digit numbers, estimated then found the difference (lowest number wins). You can also have them play for closest to 0. I also use cards, UNO cards and dominoes to randomly generate numbers to manipulate. Once the students know the basic rules of play, they enjoy the different variations. (I also teach them to say 'Thanks for a good game!' whether they win or lose!)

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