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Last weekend was my mother-in-law’s birthday! (Happy Birthday, Judy!) We woke up and headed out early that morning without really having a plan other than deciding that we would try out some new places around the area that we hadn’t visited before. After enjoying an adventure that morning, we decided it was time for food. Judy pulled out her phone and looked for nearby places and we decided to head to an Irish Pub for lunch. You could tell this pub was one that would be packed come dinner time, especially as there was going to be live music that night… however, at lunch, we were one of 3 groups – the other two in the front room, with us in the back room. While waiting for lunch to arrive, Big Mark started casually throwing some darts at the hanging dartboard. As we watched him throw, we realized we didn’t really know what the rules were for darts. We sort of made up our own rules and continued to goof around at the Pub for a bit. After eating a delicious lunch (no really… we’re TOTALLY going back!) we decided that we really enjoyed “playing” darts and that perhaps we needed our own dart board…… so, we went to the sporting good store and priced one out. For about $60 we were able to buy a decent board in a case and 2 sets of darts – the PERFECT birthday present after the day we had.
We then went home, looked up official guidelines to how to the proper height the board needs to hang, and how far everyone needs to stand.
After we had everything set up, we looked up some “official” rules!
Though…. we didn’t completely follow them. Basically, we each started with 501 points, and just subtracted as we went until someone made it zero (or in our case negative numbers). We didn’t play “double start” or “double finish” – Perhaps we’ll get there when we have a bit more control over our throws!
So, quick understanding of the board… if you hit in on of the “pie” areas (all black or all white) you get the number of points for that section. If you hit in the “outer” rings you get double the points for that section. Hitting in the “inner” ring will score you triple points. And, hitting within the bulls-eye is also points (green ring) 25 points, (red circle) 50 points.
So this board score would be =4 points + 18 points(x3) + 25 points (green ring bulls-eye) = 4 + 54 + 25 = 83 points.
As we were playing, it occurred to me how great this game would be for little minds to help with number sense! As we were counting up our points we were all using great mental math strategies:
18 x 3 = (20 x 3) – ( 2 x 3) = 60 – 6 = 54
12 + 18 = 10 + 10 + 2 + 8 = 30
So, as we were playing I thought about how to bring darts to the classroom! No, no, not real darts – they’re pointy and well, that just seems like a very bad liability case…. so I made a FREE game for each of you!
You can use it students to add (get to 501, or whatever number you choose to have them to play to), subtract (start at 501 or whatever number you choose to have them start from), and/or multiply (if you use dartboard #1 AND #2 to have multipliers of 2 and 3!)
(all you need is to print the pages out, and have a paper clip and pencil available to make your spinner!
After playing 3 games, you can see how (in)consistent we were! Definitely need some more practice, but we are certainly having a ton of fun playing and we sure did a TON of mental math!
Let me know if you end up using the dart game in your classroom!
Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below! Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!