Looking at the sign first when solving an equation is an important skill to develop in first grade, and this center activity is just the ticket to help your children look at the sign first! Match the gnomes to their mushroom homes by adding or subtracting and placing the gnome under the mushroom with the correct sum or difference.
When you look at the preview, you will notice that the plus and minus signs are small and red. This is to force the children to LOOK at the sign first.
In this download, you will get:
*12 Toadstool in the rain mats with numerals on each card
*24 mixed operations cards
*a recording sheet
*a follow-up practice or evaluation worksheet