Dice Football Part 3: Playing the Game!




After setting up the teams and the competition, it’s now time to play the game! In this lesson, students will learn their 6,7,8, & 9 times table as well as improve thier mental strategies for solving problems.

Australian Curriculum Links:

  • Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts      (ACMNA075)
  • Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers      (ACMNA123)
  • Solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies      (ACMNA100)


  1. Invite a student (Preferably a boy) to explain how a game of AFL Football is scored. A game of AFL is scored with 6 points and 1 point for a behind.
  1. State to the students, we will be simulating games of AFL football, whilst learning our timestables in the process.
  2. Invite a student to come up the front of the room. Get them to draw a 5 x 3 grid in the back of their maths books.
  3. Label the thress columns, Goals, Behinds and Points
  4. Give the students to 2 Dice saying once colour is the goals and the other is the behinds (I like to use green= goals, blue=behinds!). Invite the student to roll.
  5. Ask the class ” Now Sam rolled a 5 with the green dice and a 2 with the blue dice, What is his score?” Well 5 multiplied by 6=30 add 2 gives me a score of 32.
  6. Now i would roll “Ok i rolled 4 goals 3 behinds, what’s my score?” 27
  7. Keep rolling until eventually we have a winner. Make sure you add your score progresively.
  8. Invite students to play round 1 of the tournament.
  9. As students play the game more and more, change the value of a goals 6 to 7,8 & 9 for extensions.


  1. Discuss different strategies on how to multiply the sums as well as shortcuts for addition too.


** In my classroom, I used this a warm up game about 2-3 times per week. It was great to get students thinking and they relished the opprotunity to compete against each other. But you can use this however you like!



  • None really- Just Anecdotal


  • Dice 2 different colours
  • Maths Books



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