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Top-It


Found in: differentiated learning instruction; games; math

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 them play different versions of the same game. You might know it as War, but I call it Top-It.

We play Top-It by rolling three dice to make three-digit numbers, then estimate and add them; rolling a double-die (large die with a small die inside it) to make two-digit numbers, estimate then find the difference (lowest number wins). I 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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