Halloween Addition and Subtraction | Number Line Activities

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Using a number line to add and subtract is an important strategy for students to learn. This activity set combines lots of practice with addition and subtraction within 20, focusing on adding and subtracting zero, one, and two, with just a bit of Halloween fun , in the form of a sweet and happy (not scary!!) little ghost!

There are so many ways to use these addition and subtraction math cards and related activities!

* Match numerals to addition cards, using either 1-10 or 1-20

* Match numerals to subtraction cards, using either 1-10 or 1-20

* Place either addition or subtraction number model cards (1-10 or 1-20) around your classroom and have students find the cards and write the number model next to the numeral on their Read Around the Room recording sheet. Four recording sheets are included: addition (1-10 and 11-20) and subtraction (1-10 and 11-20).

* Use the number model cards for practice counting up and back on the number line. A Little Friendly Ghost number line is also included in this resource. Great to use for a document camera lesson, with each child also having his or her own number line.

* Play Go Fish, with students drawing cards and matching sets of 3: numeral, addition number model and subtraction number model.

* Use the 128 one-step operation cards in a small group for practice or remediation in RtI or math interventions, or in your own classroom to help your students past those first tricky steps in adding and subtracting on the number line.

* Use the 26 two-step operation cards independently in a math center for practice moving up and back on the number line.

* Mix up either the addition model cards or the subtraction model cards. Have students order them by the answer as a math center activity. A recording sheet for one to ten is included.

This resource is Common Core aligned for standards in both kindergarten and first grade. A listing is included in the download.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
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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