Make a Path - Addition & Subtraction Game
Essence of the Game:
Students ADD or SUBTRACT two of the numbers in the side panel then cover the answer out on the game board. The winner is the first to MAKE A PATH of 5 connected counters. The challenge of the game is to stop your partner making a path while you complete yours.
What You Need:
1 Game Board
13 Counters of One Color
13 Counters of Another Color
2 Players sit facing the board with their
counters in front of them.
The person with the longest hair goes first.
How to Play:
1. Player One either ADDs or SUBTRACTs two of the numbers in the side panel, they say the algorithm and give the answer aloud. Player One then
places one of their counters on the correct orange answer button.
2. Player Two then repeats Step 1.
3. Play alternates in this fashion until one of the players has a PATH of five counters. NB This path is a snaking unbroken line of counters. The path can be a combination of horizontal, vertical and diagonal connections.
How to Win:
The first player to create a PATH of 5 counters is declared the winner.
Included in this Download:
4 Addition and Subtraction Boards
1 Blank Board
1 Set of Rules
Teaching Notes for Before, During and After the Game
Before the Game:
- Number Talks around Addition and Subtraction strategies that are efficient and accurate.
During the Game:
- Teacher takes notes on strategies the students are using to solve the Addition and Subtraction problems. These notes will inform future number talks.
- Talk with the students playing the games - Explain to me how you arrived at that answer.
- Make suggestions - 'I find I have a lot of success using (insert strategy) with this sort of problem. Give it a go and I'll be back in 5 minutes to see how it worked for you.'
- Record misconceptions to inform future lessons.
- Perform error analysis of students' incorrect answers to inform future number sessions.
After the Game:
Students design, experiment and test their own versions of this game. Once the game play has been tested and the board 'works' students write their arrangement of numbers on the blank board to create their own game.
Possible Math Journal Stems:
What was the hardest part of this game?
Explain the best strategy you used today to solve a subtraction algorithm.
Explain the best strategy you used today to solve addition algorithm.
What was the point of playing this Math game?
What is the biggest challenge for you when playing this game?
What advice would you give a younger student to help them do better in this game?
What would you like to do better next time you have to solve a mental subtraction algorithm?
Please Note: This game is included in my MEGA BUNDLE!
- The package includedsALL
the Math and Literacy games currently in my store PLUS
every resource I create for the next YEAR
It's like a great classroom resource that just keeps on giving. :-)
CLICK HERE to see the Mother Load :-)