Addition Practice Game
or Subtraction Game - 'Build It Up' is a Math game that encompasses logical thinking, forward planning and repeatedly adding single numbers together.
What You Need
1 Game Board
Preparing to Play
Students or teacher choose a target number
- For the (1,2,3,4,5 board) the number is between 13 and 27.
- For the (5,6,7,8,9 board) the number is between 48 and 73.
- For the (2,4,6,8,10 board) the number needs to be even.
- For the (1,3,5,7,9 board) you choose.
How to Play
1, The person who pulls the funniest face becomes Player One.
2. Player One chooses and places the counter on the board and states the number covered.
3. Player 2 then slides the counter along a line towards another number. They then add that number to form a cumulative total and states the current total aloud.
4. Players then take turns doing these steps.
5. Play continues in this fashion until a player arrives at the decided upon total.
How to Win
- Be the player to land on the given number
- Force your opponent to go over the the given number.
- Count backwards from the original number to zero.
Before the Game
- In pairs - Teachers says, '5 plus 7?' students tell each other the answer. Do a couple of minutes of warm ups using this question type to get into the zone and discuss efficient strategies.
- Using the PowerPoint version ask students to imagine moving the counter along a line and giving an answer.
- Model how counting on with fingers is very effective at finding the correct answer it is just a bit slow. Have students explore strategies. e.g. Add 4 is add 2 then add 2 again. Adding 8 is add 10 and subtract 2. etc
- Explore strategies of Counting Through 10 and Counting Through 5.
- Discuss transferring the strategies we talk about during these sessions to practicing them in the game.
During the Game
- Teacher takes notes on possible future directions and remediation during the game play.
- Play a game or two with a couple of students. Be sure to lose and ham it up :-)
- Remind the groups of the skill focus for the game.
- Ensure students take turns at being the player to make the first move.
- Use descriptive praise e.g. 'I love the way you did that calculation by using the adding 9 strategy'.
Possible After Game Math Journal Reflections
- What did you find easy today?
- What did you find difficult today?
- After playing this game I am still a little confused about _______
- Is there a point in the game when you know you are going to win or lose? Tell me how you know.
Included in this Download
5 High Color Game Boards (click on the word sample below to see them all)
1 PowerPoint File with All Games for Easy Display and Discussion
1 Set of Game Rules
1 Set of Possible Teaching Notes
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