Leprechaun Luck Math Game Digital Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun and educational math game for your students to play on St. Patrick’s Day, Leprechaun Luck might be exactly what you need! But then again, it might not, and that’s where the challenge comes in!

My free printable Leprechaun Luck Math Game has been downloaded thousands of times, and it can be adapted to many different grade levels. You can use it to introduce probability concepts to older students or as a fun addition facts review game with younger students. I wrote about the game in great detail in a previous post, so if you aren’t familiar with it, you may want to read Leprechaun Luck for St. Patrick’s Day before you accept this challenge.

Leprechaun Luck is an awesome math game, but it does have one major drawback. Because it’s a printable partner game, it’s not a good choice for the socially distant classroom. Students need to be seated close to their partners so they can talk quietly together, take turns rolling dice, and place physical game markers on their game boards.

To solve this problem, I decided to make a digital version of Leprechaun Luck that students could play online, while in the classroom or when playing from home. The game itself was easy to create using Google Slides, but I got stuck writing the directions because I’ve never created a digital partner game with moveable pieces. I’ve been retired from the classroom for a few years, so I wasn’t able to experiment with this activity to figure it out on my own. That’s why I need YOUR help!

Leprechaun Luck Digital Math Game Challenge

If you’re a tech-savvy teacher who knows how to create and use interactive Google Slide games, would you help me figure out the best way to assign and use the digital version of Leprechaun Luck?

First download the printable version of Leprechaun Luck and read the directions. Even better, find someone at home who will play the game with you. It’s fun! Then copy the Leprechaun Luck Google Slides to your Google Drive, open the file, and explore the digital version of the game.

Next, head over to my Teaching Resources Facebook page and share your ideas for assigning and using the digital version of Leprechaun Luck. You can use the questions below to help guide your response, but you don’t have to stick to these questions if you have other ideas for using the game.

  1. The game is played by two players, and they’ll both need editable access to ONE copy of the Google Slides document with the game boards. How would  you form pairs and assign one editable copy of the digital game board to each pair of students?
  2. Where would your students play the digital game? In the classroom but in a socially distant manner? From home, but playing in real time against a classroom who is not in the same room? During a Zoom meeting in breakout rooms?
  3. How would your students communicate with each other during the game if they weren’t close enough to speak to each other directly?
  4. To play the game, students must roll two dice and add the numbers on the dice to find their sum. How would you students roll two dice if they weren’t playing side by side? Would you ask them use an online dice app or a mobile device app? If so, which one would you recommend?
  5. Anything else you can think of that would be important to consider when having students play this game online?

Please Share Your Experiences on Facebook

If you try using the digital version of Leprechaun Luck  with your students, I’d love to hear how it went, and I’m sure others would love to hear about your experiences, too. Please comment on this Facebook post so that we can continue to share ideas and learn from each other.

I apologize for waiting until the last minute to write this post, but I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to use the game online for several weeks without any luck. I finally gave up today, and I almost trashed the Google Slides version entirely. Then it occurred to me that I could ask teachers to help, and maybe we can figure it out together. You might not be able to use the game on St. Patrick’s Day, but you can always use it later in the week or even next year. After I get feedback from teachers who use the digital version of the game, I’ll finish writing the directions and I’ll update the freebie. Thanks for your help!