Make A Difference is a subtraction math game developed for the purpose of practicing subtraction facts, and is designed for 2-4 players. Taking turns, each player rolls a dice numbered 1-6 and then subtracts the number on the dice from 10. They then locate the answer in their column on the game board and place a marker. Play continues, and each marker moves up or down according to the solution to the subtraction problem. Students review subtraction facts while trying to be the first one to reach the winning space. The game is easily made more challenging by requiring the players to subtract the number rolled on the dice (numbered 5-10) from 15.
Two game boards are included; one for problems where the number rolled is subtracted from 10, and one for problems that uses 15 as the minuend. It is a fun and exciting way for students to practice subtraction facts without doing a “drill and kill” activity. Complete directions, suggestions, and adaptations for the game as well as two Make A Difference boards are part of this five page handout.
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