Beginning of Year 2nd Grade - Easy Prep Addition & Subtraction Mental Math Games

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Are you looking for math games that will add an extra challenge and encourage your students to think and strategize? This set of six easy prep addition and subtraction mental math strategy games for addition and subtraction through 20 is just what you need for your math rotations!

These games are also a great way to review first grade math skills and bring your students back up to speed at the beginning of second grade!

There are lots of opportunities for mental math and strategizing, as your students decide whether to add or subtract the numbers they roll, trying to reach the target numbers on their boards to win by marking “four in a row”!

Early place value work is included, too, with adding ten and twenty to sums of two dice rolls .

Each gameboard has a set of choices on it. For example, on the board with the choices "+10 or -2", if a student rolled a three and a five, he'd need to decide whether to add 10 to 8 and cover 18, or subtract 2 from 8 and cover 6. Players will mentally compute both options to decide which will bring them closer to the goal of completing a line of four numbers in a row on his board. Lots of mental math, and strategic play, too!

Here are the mental math operations your students will complete in each of the games:

Add 1 or subtract 1 (two games)

Add 3 or subtract 1

Add 10 or subtract 2

Add 5 or add 10

Add 20 or subtract 2

Each of these games is just one page - print and you're ready to go! All your students will need is dice, a game board, and a way to mark spaces on the board. Beans or mini-erasers make good space covers, or if you laminate your boards, your students can just use a wipe-off marker.

For your convenience, all of the games are provided in both color and blackline.

Here's what a teacher like you said about these mental math games!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Anika said, "Cute games, great practice, and minimal prep. Thanks!!"

>>>>> Download the preview to try a free sample game!

Supports CCSS 1.OA.C.6



Thanks for your interest in this resource! Here are some more one-page games for first grade that you and your students will also enjoy!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).


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