I’m sharing two domino activities with you today. The first one was featured on my blog back in October and is called “Boneyard Numbers.” (Read the original post here.) This activity is oozing with critical thinking and can be adapted to meet the needs of all students.
Here’s how it works:
1. With a partner, spread-out one set of face-down dominoes. This is called the boneyard.
2. The tallest player goes first.
3. In turn, each player grabs two dominoes from the boneyard.
4. Using the four numbers indicated on the dominoes, create a number sentence using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/ or division with a final result of any number from 0 to 12. Note: Students can use one operation or any combination of the four.
5. Once a target number is reached, cover the number on the game board with your marker.
6. Continue playing until someone covers four numbers in a row, column, or diagonal.
Note: Some students will ask if they can use exponents. This is completely up to you. I sometimes tell students that they can only square numbers. Squaring a number does not affect the four digits on the dominoes and can be used even if the student’s set of dominoes does not include a two.
2. In turn, each player grabs one domino from the boneyard.
3. Using the eight numbers indicated on the four dominoes, teams create two equivalent numerical expressions using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/ or division. See the example below. Note: Students can use one operation or any combination of the four.
4. Teams record their expressions on their whiteboard and the round is won when a team correctly records a set of equivalent expressions.
Free Resource Alert! Grad a copy of this game here.
Both of these domino games make great station and fast finisher activities while infusing critical thinking into your curriculum.
In addition, they can both be modified to meet the needs of a variety of students because students choose which operations to use based on their own abilities.