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Operations with Functions Dice Practice Activity

I created this operations with functions dice practice activity to give my Algebra 2 students some practice with the topic after we completed our operations with functions foldable.

I wanted a way to make practicing this a little more fun because I have to be honest: this isn’t the most exhilarating Algebra 2 topic to teach.

I spotted some foam dice in my room and ended up coming up with this activity.

Operations with Functions Dice Practice Activity

I wrote up a list of functions that I thought would operate well with one another.

I think I had to end up adding a few more random ones to have enough for all of the students in my class.  These ended up being written on colored index cards.

Operations with Functions Dice Practice Activity

I gave each student a card and asked them to pair up.  Each pair also got a foam die and this recording sheet.

Operations with Functions Dice Practice Activity

Each pair had to decide which function to make f(x) and which function to make g(x).  Then, they rolled the foam die to determine which function operation they would have to complete.  Let’s just say they got very, very aggravated when they rolled a six!

The blank box to the right of f(x) and g(x) was meant to write the operation they were completing.  The large box was meant to show their work.  And the small, skinny box was meant to record the final answer.

As students finished a problem, they raised their hands and had them checked/stamped.  Once their work was checked, the students traded index cards and found a new partner.  

For the record, high school students get super excited about stamps!

Operations with Functions Dice Practice Activity

If I were to do this again, I would give them more problems to do because some students ended up avoiding multiplication or division.

I would also have them roll a die and evaluate the final function at that value.

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Friday 12th of October 2018

Thank you! I made a doc with the functions you listed (and a few more). I hope the links below work. Print on cardstock, if you like. Thanks for sharing freely, Sarah!


Saturday 11th of August 2018

Thanks for the great idea. I can't wait to try it this year with my Alg. 2 classes. Keep the creative juices flowing.

Rachel J

Thursday 16th of March 2017

You are so creative! I love your blog and your ideas for these activities! :)

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Thanks Rachel!

Jacqi Zikmund

Thursday 10th of March 2016

One question I have after looking at your foldable. Don't you have your students put restrictions on the denominators so they don't become undefined?

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Oklahoma doesn't test on domain restrictions, so I haven't taught it in the past. I probably should, though.


Sunday 21st of February 2016

What a fantastic activity! You are so creative. Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate the inspiration.

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Monday 22nd of February 2016

Thanks for the sweet comment, Jennifer!

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