Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dazzling Dice

I have been loving all of these math ideas floating around on various blogs. The school system I work for is hosting a Math Work Stations "book study" and we've been meeting every other week to discuss the chapters from Debbie Diller's book. I've been able to take many of the ideas and printables I've found online, and share them with co workers...they've loved them! I've been putting the plug in for everyone's blogs too - no worries! I wanted to share with you a great little activity that someone presented yesterday in relation to the addition/subtraction chapter. When I got home, I re created it and made a FREE printable to accompany the work station. Because the dice are placed inside the bottle, it cuts down on noise. That's a plus! Students simply shake the bottle, look at the numbers the dice land on, add them together, and record the results on their sheet. In the boxes, students can illustrate the dots OR write the numbers - teacher preference.
To create, you need:
Clear water bottles (remove outer labels)
Water
Glitter
2 dice per bottle
Hot glue gun (to secure lid)
Labels (optional)
Here is my finished product. If you look closely (below) you can see the glitter floating in with the dice. It just adds a special touch...beads or confetti would be fun as well.
 
The water within the bottle almost magnifies the dice - pretty neat. And best of all....NO noise when the dice are "rolling." Have I mentioned that already? ha ha This can be adapted for older grades too and students can multiply the 2 numbers. 
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Make sure you leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!  ~Miss E

13 comments:

Sarah Cooley said...

Genius! JUST LOVE it!

Rose said...

Love this. no more noisy dice. thanks for sharing.

Nancy Wilson said...

Great idea!! I pinned it, but the pictures you took didn't come up as pinning options :( but it will still bring me back to this post!!
Thanks, Nancy

The Apple Basket Teacher

Cindy Hutter and Tanya Wildman said...

I love this idea!! And I love that I have something I can use some of my water bottles for. I am going to make some of these for sure! Thanks for sharing!

sspeller said...

I think this is great! Thanks for sharing with all of us. I can't wait to make some!!!

Jill said...

GREAT idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Color Me Happy in Kindergarten

Amazing Bats! Treasure Hunt said...

hi i just found your blog and got helpful idea..thank for updating this blog...this is my first time visit..
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YearntoLearn said...

Such a neat idea.

Denise
Yearn to Learn Blog

Jennifer said...

I love it. Never thought of that!

Cyndy said...

Love the idea of the water bottle! Fun!
Cyndy
Counting with Coffee

Mrs. Polston said...

LOVE it! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing and please thank your colleague as well.

Elizabeth
Mrs. Polston's Kindergarten

Pam said...

I love this idea... I can't wait to make this for my kinders. Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea!

Dee said...

Wow! Wicked cool!
Dee
First Impressions