Dice Game

Practice numbers by rolling dice.
Target levelES 1 - JHS 2
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  1. Print out the dice sheets (sheets that when cut and folded and taped will form dice). Each face of the dice should have a different vocabulary word. Alternately, write six options on the board and use regular dice.


  1. Make groups. Give each group a dice sheet.
  2. Cut out and tape the dice sheets together. This can take a while.
  3. Give students two minutes. A student rolls the dice, says the target vocabulary, and passes it to his left. Groups see how many times each member can go.


  • For elementary school topics, consider colors, fruit, animals, numbers, or greetings. Usually you have more than 6 words, but if you have harder vocabulary, this is a good way to practice it.
  • For junior high school, practice target grammar by having students use what's on the dice in a sentence. For instance, if you're practicing the pattern "I have 5 CDs.", make a dice with different things on each face (dog, cat, CD, computer, pencil, and toes, perhaps). The student rolls the dice and then declares how many of that object he actually has.
  • Use two different dice and put them together. For instance, with colors and animals, students could roll both and call out the resulting animal ("green cat" or "purple lion").

Self-introduction variation

Just before class, write the following on the board.

  • 1 = Name.
  • 2 = Age.
  • 3 = Birthday.
  • 4 = Something that is liked.
  • 5 = Home town.
  • 6 = Make a funny face.

Students make small groups. Each group needs a question dice and a number dice. Students take turns rolling the dice. For whatever number is rolled, the student must check the black board and provide the appropriate information using English sentences.

Greetings variation

Write different things on the board.

  • 1 = Good Morning.
  • 2 = Good Afternoon.
  • 3 = G'day!.
  • 4 = Good Evening.
  • 5 = Good Night.
  • 6 = Make a funny face.

Numbers variation

  • Buy enough dice so that each team has 2.
  • Buy a couple sheets of stickers.
  • Cut them out into individual stickers.
  1. Each group gets 2 dice.
  2. Students go around the circle and take turns rolling dice.
  3. Students add the numbers on the two die and say that number.
  4. 7 is a lucky number so students get a sticker if they roll 7.

Comparison variation

  1. Elicit 6 nouns within a specific category. Number them from 1-6. For example, 1) Australia 2) Korea 3) Japan 4) Brazil 5) China 6) Spain.
  2. Put students into groups of 3-4, with dice for each group.
  3. The first student in a group rolls the dice, they must then make a comparison between the two nouns that correspond with the numbers they have rolled. If a student rolls a 5 and a 3, they might say, ‘China is bigger than Japan.”
  4. Students can carry on until the possibilities have been exhausted.
  5. Each member of the group writes a list of 6 new nouns and pass it to another member.
  6. They then each have a new list and continue making comparisons from the words on their list.

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