Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

# Domino Challenges: The First Three Activities Use Dominoes to Help Students 'Subitise' or Instantly Recognise the Number of Dots in Spatial Patterns

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

# Domino Challenges: The First Three Activities Use Dominoes to Help Students 'Subitise' or Instantly Recognise the Number of Dots in Spatial Patterns

## Article excerpt

DOMINO FLIP

1 Place a set of dominoes face down on the floor.

2 Have the students take turns to flip over one domino at a time.

3 Encourage the student to immediately state the number of dots on each side of the domino and then the total.

4 If they are correct, then they keep the domino; if not, then the domino is turned face down again.

5 Repeat, and encourage students to share their strategies.

6 Continue until no dominoes are left.

DOMINO FRIENDS

1 Place enough dominoes in a bag so that there is at least one for each student.

2 Each student draws a domino from the bag and does not show it to anyone else.

3 Once each student has a domino, encourage them to move around the room and find a 'friend' whose numbers total the same as their domino.

4 After the activity, ask the students to look around to see which total was the most popular. Discuss with the class why some students could not find partners and why there were more of some numbers.

DOMINO TRAINS

1 Give each pair or small group of students approximately 10 dominoes. …

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