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Petals Around the Rose

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Petals Around the Rose

In this math game, learners attempt to solve a puzzle involving five dice. By deciphering the non-standard pattern in the dice, learners use problem-solving and strategy skills. This lesson guide includes questions for learners, assessment options, extensions, and reflection questions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Five standard dice
  • Overhead dice (optional)


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

Includes assesments for student learning

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Zordak, Samuel E.


  • All Rights Reserved, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation


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