Looking for a fun way for your students to practice their addition and subtraction facts? Here it is, all winter long!.
You can easily differentiate this game—copy only the blue cards for your lowest group, copy all the way to the purple cards for your highest group, etc…
Directions for Blizzard
Students in a group take turns choosing a card from their group’s bag. The player will read the math fact out loud and quickly come up with an answer. Other group members check for accuracy. If the student gets it right, he/she keeps the card. If he/she gets it wrong, it goes back in the bag. Students take turns pulling cards and adding to their snowflake collection. If a student draws a BLIZZARD card, all the cards they’ve collected go back in the bag, except the BLIZZARD card, which gets set aside. You can use as few or as many blizzard cards in a group as you like. I have found that about 4 or 5 work nicely. Play continues until a set time limit or until all the cards are gone from the bag. Whoever has the most cards wins.
Common Core Alignment:
K.OA.5 Fluently add and subtract within 5
Blue and Pink Cards together
1.OA.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10
Blue, Pink and Purple Cards together
2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers
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