Level 2: Single-digit subtraction
This game board provides a great way for kids to practice a given math skill (the full set has 8 levels, from basic addition through double-digit division) while reinforcing reading skills and game skills (positive team dynamics!) and incorporating plenty of movement. The game can be played multiple times, providing lots of skill practice without seeming repetitive. This will work great for math centers, small groups, or homeschool settings.
To play, simply print out the game board, cut out the “Extra Practice” pieces, and then roll a dice. Move your character that many spaces and follow the directions on that space. There are math, movement, challenge, and game (move forward/backward, etc.) spaces. You can cut out the character faces included here or make your own (bonus points for the most creative characters!).
The “Math Time” squares offer math practice from a specified skill set; students will try to solve the problems and should be provided with a way to instantly check their answers (either with an adult, an answer sheet, (answers are provided in this packet) or a calculator) but can continue playing the game regardless of whether they solve it correctly or not. (Feel free to adapt these rules as you see fit!) A paper dice is provided at the end, in case you don’t have any dice on hand. (It also serves as a chance for students to practice fine motor skills as they cut, fold, and glue/tape the dice together!)
Each level advances in difficulty, both in the math topics covered and in the challenges on the game board. Game play can take 5-15 minutes and works best with 2-5 players. Students can play the game several times through, using the additional practice cards for the “Math Time” spaces. This provides extra math practice and results in a unique game experience each time (since the directions send players jumping forward and backward throughout the game).
Each game board is followed by a sheet of extra practice problems that can be cut into individual cards, so that when the game has been played through once students can draw from a stack of extra practice cards when they land on a “Math Time” square. An answer key follows each page of extra practice questions; these pages can be printed front to back for instant answer checks (if you choose to use them that way).
In addition, each level includes a full page of strategy tips for that skillset. These pages can be used as a teaching guide for parents and teachers or as a self-directed learning resource for students, whether they are learning a skill for the first time or reviewing a concept later.
Each player should roll the dice once before play starts. The player with the highest number goes first, then the next highest number, and so on. This provides additional math practice each time the game is played, as students will have to order numbers from greatest to smallest. Play by rolling the dice to see how many spaces to move, then follow the directions on that space.
Each version (level) has unique clipart images (just to add a little fun flair to the game :) ).
The full set includes 8 levels. Each level consists of a unique game board (new graphics and challenges), a full page description with diagrams explaining how do the math for that particular focus skill, and 20 extra practice cards with an answer key. For the first 6 skills, ten frames are used to demonstrate how to solve the problems, with notes about the benefits of using this method. The 8 levels are:
* Single-digit addition (up to 20)
* Single digit subtraction
* Double-digit addition without regrouping (up to 50)
* Double-digit addition with regrouping
* Double-digit subtraction without borrowing (up to 50)
* Double-digit subtraction with borrowing
* Single-digit multiplication
* Double-digit division (through 30)
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