youcubed: Circles & Stars
  • Player A rolls the die, then draws that number of fairly large circles.
  • Player B rolls the die and does the same.
  • Player A rolls the die and draws that number of stars in each of her circles.
  • Player B rolls the die and does the same.
  • Each player writes the number sentence that tells how many stars she has (for example, four circles with three stars in each circle would be 4×3 = 12 stars).
  • Play six rounds, then determine the total number of stars that each player has.


For each round, after Player A draws stars in his circle, determine the probability that Player B will end up with more stars than Player A.


  • One die
  • Paper and pencil for each player


From Helping with Math at Home: More Ideas for Parents. 2006. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Math Topics
Multiplication & Division, Probability
K-6, Middle School, High School
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

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