# Math Cubes

Put a spin on traditional addition and subtraction practice; just roll the dice! Students will construct math cubes out of paper and felt. See how many equations you can make.

**OBJECTIVE**

Students will practice basic addition and subtraction through this fun, interactive game.

**MATERIALS**

Fiskars scissors, poster board or sturdy recycled materials, tape to assemble cubes, felt or construction paper, glue, cube tracers, number tracers (number 1-6), number sign tracers, lined paper.

**REPRODUCIBLES**

**SET UP AND PREPARE**

1. Explain to students that today, they'll be practicing math by rolling the die!

**DIRECTIONS**

1. Have students use the cube tracers to cut out three cubes. To assemble, fold and tape the sides to secure.

2. Have students use the number tracers and felt to trace and cut out 2 of each number (numbers 1-6).

3. Have students use the number sign tracers to cut out 3 addition signs and 3 subtraction signs. 4. Have students tape or glue numbers to create the following cubes:

- cube 1: should have 1 number (1-6) on each side
- cube 2: should have either an addition or subtraction sign on each side
- cube 3: should have 1 number (1-6) on each side

5. Explain to students that they’ll roll the cubes one at a time (cube 1 first, then cube 2, then cube 3) and record the number or number sign that appears face up.

6. Here's an example:

- student rolls cube 1, gets a 6
- student rolls cube 2, gets a - sign
- student rolls cube 3, gets a 2
- student writes equation on lined paper: 6 - 2

7. Work with students to solve the equation: 6 - 2 = 4

8. Keep rolling and see how many equations you can make! Have students bring home their math cubes for extra addition and subtraction practice.