Increase Student Engagement with GamesI love Yahtzy. In my house it was a super competitive game. My youngest sister had to body block the rest of us so we wouldn't scoop up the dice before she had them counted. (Clearly being the youngest had some drawbacks...)
That being said, student engagement increases when the activity is fun! And Yahtzy is fun. Turns are fast - three rolls and your turn is over. Change up your location to increase engagement - sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery.
Supplies to Make a Classroom YahtzyFor the classroom, I created Yahtzy games that can be played anywhere! I bought wastebaskets and foam dice at the local dollar store, and then just printed the dice templates and score cards. Why did I get foam dice? I built the paper dice around them. It is totally worth the extra money, because the dice have some weight. They are easier to take outside and are protected from blowing away or getting crushed. (You could also use packing tape to seal the dice, but I didn't go that far.)
The garbage cans make great shakers! Easy to shake the dice and toss. If you are really ambitious, you can use a cutting machine to add Yahtzy to the cans. As it is the end of the year, I am more worried about simply surviving. Beauty can come later.
If you have hula hoops, use them to mark off the playing field. This helps keep students in one place;)
I have a few Yahtzy games for grades 3 - 6, including Decimal Yahtzy, Adding Fractions, Order of Operations, Exponents, and Grammar Yahtzy.
I hope your students find Yahtzy easy and fun! I would love to hear whether or not they liked playing the game. Do your students have a favorite game to play?