Great Relief Teaching Ideas – Greedy Pig

Great Relief Teaching Ideas

Great Relief Teaching Ideas Greedy Pig

Greedy Pig

Greedy Pig is one the those great relief teaching ideas that has been around longer than I have. It is based on greed, fun to play, involves fun with maths and takes minimum preparation.

That pretty much makes it one the the great relief teaching ideas to fit into your bag of tricks.

This is a DICE GAME. Basically each player builds their own set of points for themselves based on the roll of the dice.

It is an easy math games to vary so the playing rules are as loose as you need them to be.

A game consists of a set round of throws. This can be dictated by time or by number. In the relief teaching situation, I suggest about 15 minutes is long enough to play before the lesson gets messy.

Setting the Game

The players sit around a table and roll the die. You can play with one for the low grades and 2 or more for the upper grades. I suggest you roll the die into a box to avoid the inevitability of the die ending up on the floor.

All players have a score card which must be FACE UP.

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If a player elects NOT to play, the SCORE CARD is Face DOWN. 

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Playing the Game

The players sit around a table. Players roll the dice and EVERY player record that throw total in the Greedy Pig template. Immediately after the first throw all players have the choice to play or not place subsequent rounds.

If a player elects NOT to play, the total is recorded in the TOTAL BOX and turns the sheet over. The amount in the TOTAL BOX is protected.

A player elects to STAY in the game. The dice is thrown, The amount on the dice is recorded on the template and subtotaled. 

However, if the player elects to play and 6 is thrown on the dice, all points are forfeited for that game. All players who remain in the game score ZERO.

VARIATIONS

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There are many variations that make this one of the great relief teaching ideas. Teachers can choose the variation that suits their classroom situation.

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LENGTHEN THE GAME

1. In traditional greedy pig, each player uses the total thrown by the player whose turn it is to throw. For a longer game, each player can throw the dice for themselves. This lengthens the game and increases the down time for players not throwing.​ Students who lack focus can turn into behaviour problems. A fast game is a good game.

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MULTIPLE DICE

​Greedy pig can be played with 1, 2 or 3 dice. Obviously, the more dice, the more complex the maths. The GREEDY pig knock out total for 2 dice could be 12 and for 3 dice it could be 18.

1. In traditional greedy pig, each player uses the total thrown by the player whose turn it is to throw. For a longer game, each player can throw the dice for themselves. This lengthens the game and increases the down time for players not throwing.​ Students who lack focus can turn into behaviour problems. A fast game is a good game.

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CHANGE THE KNOCK OUT

The GREEDY PIG knock out total for multiple dice games could be varied to be multiples of 5 for example. Changing the ​knock out total also changes the complexity of the game.

Great relief teaching ideas add versatility to your role as a relief teacher and provide a flexibility to relate the learning activities to the students in your class.

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