Data game


  • Years: 2 – 7
  • Time: 1 – 3 lessons
  • Strands: Number, Statistics, Probability


This lesson involves playing a Bingo-type addition facts game. The game uses two piles of cards. Each pile has eleven cards numbered 0 to 10. Players create their own boards by writing nine different numbers into the squares of a 3 x 3 grid. For example:

Addo Rules

  • Draw one card from each pile and show them to the players.
  • Players add the two numbers shown on the cards and cross off that total on their board (if they have it).
  • To win the game, a player must get 3-in-a-row, that is, they must cross off all of the numbers in any row, column or diagonal.

The game then turns into an investigation to find the ‘best’ board. This involves addition facts, then probability ideas and ultimately spatial logic. A computer simulation greatly assists the investigation.

The game is simple students use cards to collect data , integrating a few areas and it can be made harder going up through the years.

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