Bug Mania: Two Hands-On Algebra Games Using Positive and Negative Numbers

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  1. This resource is a bundle of two hands-on math games that incorporate computation using positive and negative numbers. The operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication are included. The first game, Bug Mania, provides motivation for the learner to practice addition, subtraction and multipl
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Bug Mania provides motivation for the learner to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication using positive and negative numbers. Two games are included in this download resource. One is for addition and subtraction; the second is for multiplication. Complete instructions with a sample illustration of how to keep score for each game is included. The second game may involve subtraction with renaming and addition with regrouping based on the numbers that are used.

It is a fun and engaging game that is easy to adapt to any grade level, for a whole class, or a small group of students. The games are simple to differentiate since not every pair of students must use the same cubes or have the same objective. Since the goal for each game is determined by the teacher, the time required to play varies.

I have personally used Bug Mania with all ages of students including middle school and high school. It is always one that my students are anxious to play again and again!

Here is another game that uses positive and negative numbers.

Roll and Calculate – A Math Game Using Positive and Negative Numbers

You can also purchase both games, Roll and Calculate and Bug Mania, in a bundle and save $$$.

A Bundle of Two Math Games for Positive and Negative Numbers

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