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Jamboard Template HACK

Jamboard is one of my favorite tools for teaching mathematics…especially when it comes to distance learning. I will often use three or four Jamboards throughout the math lesson I am teaching. My instructional flow goes something like this: Teach a small concept Collaborate Share a Jamboard with ten identical slides (because I will have 10 […]

Puzzles in the age of Distance Learning

So…this came across my inbox today. You really, really need to explore these puzzles. Nearly all of the puzzles were originally intended for face-to-face environments, in which students would work shoulder-to-shoulder on a wonderful paper-based puzzle. Now, of course, that is not currently possible in many schools across the nation. So, here is a collection […]

Ultimate Tic Tac Toe

Ultimate tic-tac-toe is a board game composed of nine tic-tac-toe boards arranged in a 3 × 3 grid. Players take turns playing in the smaller tic-tac-toe boards until one of them wins in the larger tic-tac-toe board. Compared to traditional tic-tac-toe, strategy in this game is conceptually more difficult and has proven more challenging for […]

Trading Spaces

Slide Color A and Color B pieces along the entire straight path until Color A pieces have exchanged positions with the Color B pieces. No two pieces can be on the same circle at the same time. What are the fewest moves possible? Play the online version here. . . .

How close to 100?

This has become one of our most popular tasks and we are hearing about all sorts of creative adaptations. Some youcubians have made grids of 400 and added dice, others have adapted it to let the grid represent 100%. Please post how you use this task with your students. Task Instructions This game is played […]

101 and Out

Player A rolls a die. They decide whether it will be worth ones or tens and records the number. Player B does the same and records the number. On roll 2, the player still decides whether it is worth ones or tens and adds it to roll 1. Play continues until all rolls are complete […]


Pig is a simple dice game first described in print by John Scarne in 1945. Rules Each turn, a player repeatedly rolls a die until either a 1 is rolled or the player decides to “hold”: If the player rolls a 1, they score nothing and it becomes the next player’s turn. If the player […]

5 Starts

Five starts is played with a standard deck of cards with the face cards removed, depicting the numbers from 1 to 10. The game is well suited for parties of mixed ages. Rules Lay out all of the 5’s from the deck face up in one column. Players receive seven cards and the remainder become […]