After introducing students to the mathematical characters "Gus the Plus" and "Linus the Minus" students can practice their knowledge by classifying and categorizing different number sentences.
In this packet there are three games that students can do during Math Workstations, or as Whole Group instruction.
Math Clues Sort
Students will look at each key word and determine if it is a word that Gus the Plus would use or Linus the Minus. They will then cut and paste the words into the correct column. This will prepare students to start thinking about the difference between Gus the Plus and Linus the Minus and identifying them in story problems.
Gus the Plus or Linus the Minus Sort
Students will use a highlighter and highlight the sign in each number sentence. Then, they will solve each number sentence. This encourages students to pay attention to the sign when solving a number sentence. It also provides practice with doubles facts and harder addition and subtraction facts. Students can then classify and categorize the number sentences into Gus the Plus or Linus the Minus. All numbers are within 0-20.
Gus the Plus or Linus the Minus Mystery
Students will have several number sentences frames without the operation between the numbers. They will have to determine if you would use Gus the Plus or Linus the Minus to make the number sentence correct. Then, they will cut and paste the problems into the correct column. All numbers are within 0-20.
Gus the Plus or Linus the Minus Word Problems
Students will have several word problems. They will have to use the word problem clues (key word-vocabulary) to determine if the problem is an addition problem or a subtraction problem. Students will cut and paste the story problem, highlight the clue and then solve.