This game is the first in a series of similar games. The purpose of this game is to familiarize students with the game steps and the process of creating a series of linking cards that show equivalent numbers. The intended audience for this game is third grade. The skills are a review of concepts learned in a curriculum that is based on the common core (CCSS). This particular game is to be used as an introduction for more challenging concepts. Second graders could benefit from this game as well as a review at the end of the year. This game is a preview and a pre-requisite for Activity 2. This game asks students to match base ten blocks with two digit numerals, identify a plot on a number line, simple multiplication, simple addition , and even some tallies. Using this activity prior to a more challenging similar activity will build confidence, activate prior knowledge, and provide for additional practice for skills that may have been taught in previous years, or earlier in the school year.
Print out either the color or grayscale caterpillar game pieces. Cut the rectangles apart on the solid black lines so that each piece looks like a domino. Mix up the game pieces and have the student use the card that has the “Start” and caterpillar head in front of them. Place the “Finish” card about a foot to the right of the caterpillar head. Ask the child to find a card that matches the caterpillar segment “1+1”. The student should find the segment that has the numeral “2” on it. Have the child continue placing game pieces next to each other by matching the equivalent items. Depending on your work space, the caterpillar can be in a straight line, or can make a snaking type pattern as shown on the cover sheet and in the photo.
After the child has assembled the caterpillar, check for understanding on the various concepts by asking questions and prompting students to provide responses that demonstrate a deep understanding of the math concepts contained on the game pieces.
All Graphics used in this set are my own original graphics, which can also be purchased here. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Caterpillar-Clipart-Graphic-Set
This set actually prints on 10 pages, but the actual game that you will select to print is just 3 pages. Those 3 pages contain 16 individual cards.
I hope you enjoy this game. Please give me feedback if you like it.