Mini Whiteboard and Cardboard Die Addition Activity (2017)

Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is week 10 for the pupils of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School.


This simple Mathematics addition activity relies on the partner to roll the dice and randomly generate a number which can then be written down by the other partner and in turn the sum is figured out.

The partner with the dice must shout out the numbers and also check to see if their partner’s answer is correct. This way both children are actually solving the same sum.


As we all know in Maths there is no single approach to working out calculations. Some children are able to figure out the sums in their minds, some use their fingers others use a number line and some use counting the taps they make on their tables.

Once a partner has worked out 5 sums their roles are then swapped.

This is a great little activity which uses a multitude of skills, for example writing, reading, counting, visualising numbers, speaking, pier assistance to mention just a few.

In the coming weeks this activity can be made more challenging by allowing the children to add more than 2 numbers together by rolling the dice more than two times.

In this game the children whom were more comfortable with adding bigger numbers together were given different die with larger numbers.

 This activity was also scaffolded by pairing intermediate level children with children who needed extra assistance, for example those children who used a number line.

I am extremely happy and immensely proud of the progress every single one of my pupils is making in my class.

Finally I would just like to say that I am a huge advocate and promoter of the humble mini-whiteboard, I guess it is the slightly more modern equivalent of the slate and chalk.

The mini whiteboard’s applications are extremely varied, versatile and only limited by a teacher’s own imagination!

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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