Dice are a key manipulative that need to be in every classroom. A dice, much like a spinner, is simply a random number generator. A six-sided (faced) dice could aptly be described as a ‘hexahedral random number generator’. The ten-faced dice is not a platonic solid, but it is ideal for generating the digits 0 – 9 that are used in the base-ten number system and therefore should be part of any classroom dice kit.
Typical Classroom Requirements
As mentioned previously, there are literally hundreds of different dice. An example of specialized dice are place value dice. Different items have been printed on to the faces. Dice have been placed inside dice. There are 24, 30 faced and even 100 faced versions.
Support and Complementary Materials
Large dice allow for a game to be demonstrated and played with a whole class and then desk size versions of the game can be played in small groups or pairs. Turn the Tile is an example of this.