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February 17, 2021 | Felicity Greene
On Thursday, February 11, the Sky Class celebrated I Love Math Day. Throughout the week, the children enjoyed listening to stories about math, played various math games, and explored the ways in which math plays a role in every day life.
In addition to all of this, the children learned a new math game taught by an eighth grader at Mustard Seed. On Monday morning, the class received a video of an eighth grade helper introducing herself to the class and explaining what I Love Math Day is all about.
On Thursday, the children watched another video from the same eighth grader teaching the new math game called Roll and Build. To play Roll and Build, players take turns rolling a die, and building a tower of connecting cubes that is equal to the number rolled. After their tower has been built, students look for the matching numeral on a paper, and place their tower over the numeral. The game is over when all of the numerals have been covered by cubes!
“It’s like a whole city!”
“5+5 is 10! I counted on my hands.” “There are six. All I need to do is take one off to be five!”
This game is a fun and engaging way to practice important math skills at home such as number sense, fluency, and subitizing. If you have any of these materials at home (or a set of Legos to use in place of connecting cubes), Roll and Build is a wonderful game to have your child teach you!