Package 3-3: Totality

In this task your child will play a strategic game of addition.

Week 4 - Package 3 - Year 5 and 6 Mathematics - Totality

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • Follow typed instructions below.

  • Draw your own game board.

  • 1 coin.

Before you start

This is a strategic game of addition. It is played with 2 players. It offers the opportunity to think strategically by considering several moves in advance, and practise working with addition at the same time!

What your child needs to know and do

Your child needs to have strategies for solving problems with addition.

What to do next

Play the game!

Students slide the shared counter across several adjacent numbers, adding them up as you go to make a 'running' (or cumulative) total. The goal is to be the first player to make the final slide so that the chosen target is reached exactly. Making the total go above the target loses you the game.

How to play

  1. Player 1 chooses a target to reach. This is the total both players try to make.

  2. Player 2 places their counter on the game board over one of the numbers and says that number.

  3. Player 1 moves the same counter in any direction along a line segment to a neighbouring number and announces the total of the two numbers.

  4. Player 2 moves the same counter to cover a neighbouring number, adds on that number, and announces the 'running' total of the three numbers.

  5. Players take it in turns to slide the counter to cover a neighbouring number and to add that number to the 'running' total.

  6. Players must move when it is their turn.

  7. No 'jumping' is allowed.

Example of board gameImage from NRICH.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Play the game to a small target number. Eg 20.

Activity too easy?

Play the game with a larger target number. Use multiplication and addition to reach a large target number.

Extension/additional activity

Play the game using this game board. Add your own numbers.

Blank board game

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