Addition and Subtraction in a Box: Posters, Activities, Resources, and QR Codes

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This kit contains almost everything you need to help your students learn, practice, and demonstrate their understanding of addition and subtraction concepts. Included in this download are 90+ pages of activities, worksheets, QR Codes, games, and mini-posters.

The topics covered in this kit (each with posters and activities) are:

- introduction to addition, subtraction, and equations
- friendly numbers and fact families
- properties of addition:
- commutative, associative, identity
- solving addition problems (carrying and non-carrying)
- solving subtraction problems borrowing and non-borrowing

In my own classroom, I am working on motivating my students to be self-directed learners, so I designed this kit as a way to allow them to move at their own pace through addition and subtraction concepts. To this end, I have a plastic container that I labeled “Addition and Subtraction” and have laminated copies of the mini-posters and QR codes, folders with the activities photocopied inside, and self-directed learning rubrics for each student that connect to my school’s measurement topics for addition and subtraction. My students are thus able to work at their own pace through these lessons and also to track their own progress.

Here's a more detailed look at the mini-posters and activities included in this kit.

What is Addition?
What is Subtraction?
What is an equation?
How are addition and subtraction related?
How Do I Know if I Should Add or Subtract?
Friendly Numbers
Fact Families
Properties of Addition: commutative
Properties of Addition: identity
Properties for Addition: associative
Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems
Solving Addition Problems (2)
Solving Addition Problems: Why We Need to Carry
Solving Addition Problems: Do I Need to Carry?
Solving Addition Problems: How to Carry (2)
Solving Subtraction Problems (2)
Solving Subtraction Problems: Why We Need to Borrow
Solving Subtraction Problems: Do I Need to Borrow?
Solving Subtraction Problems: How to Borrow (2)

Gold Medal Addition and Subtraction Concentration: Students solve two-digit addition and subtraction problems with regrouping and match them to their answers.

Subtraction with Borrowing Concentration: Students match two-digit from two-digit subtraction problems with their answers.

What’s My Favorite Number?: Students use their knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve this logic puzzle.

Math Detective: The Case of the Missing Calculators: Students read the alibis of several suspects – those who have made mathematical mistakes are guilty.

Who’s My BFF?: Students match each number with its friendly number counterpart.

Will I Get the Right Answer?: Students read through proposed ideas for solving addition and subtraction problems and identify whether they will produce the correct solutions. Students also label the properties of addition.

Fact Families: A Full House: Students write fact families and then select the facts that don’t belong in a certain family.

Can You Use an Equals Sign?: Students decide whether an equals sign can be used to complete a given equation – if not, they must change the equation so that an equals sign can be used.

Equation Creation Cards: Students can use these cards in a variety of ways to practice addition and subtraction equations.

I Can Add with Carrying! And I Can Add with Borrowing!: I use these 4-problem tests as an assessment for carrying and borrowing.

Carrying worksheets: 4 worksheets – from simple to complex quantities and word problems

Borrowing worksheets: 4 worksheets – from simple to complex quantities and word problems

Code Cracking (2): Students solve word problems to help crack a code – Antarctic and space themed.

Hidden Message (1 borrowing, 1 carrying): Students solve problems and then use the answers to find the answer to a riddle.

Also included are 4 QR code pages with links to addition and subtraction games and videos.

However you make use of this kit, I hope you will find it fun, engaging, and effective!

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Addition and Subtraction in a Box: Posters, Activities, Re
Addition and Subtraction in a Box: Posters, Activities, Re