Imagine starting your math lesson by asking your students, "Are you ready for a Monster Fight?!"
This is a unique approach to practicing math that involves a bracketed tournament of "monster battles." Each day two movie monsters will do "battle" by solving math problems.
Each battle consists of 5 rounds of addition of money problems (with and without regrouping). The monster with the highest sum for each round, wins that round. The monster with the most rounds won, moves on to the next battle! The problems increase in difficulty as the tournament continues.
There are 31 battles in the tournament, with 10 math problems on each battle worksheet. That's 31 days (310 problems) of great math practice!
You could use these worksheets as morning work, small independent math group work, or as a fun way to start off math each day.
Full color monster cards are included to post on your board so students know who will be doing battle that day. A blank bracket, and a tournament key bracket are included as well!
Students are really motivated by this activity, and have begged for more tournaments in the future!
This tournament has the same outcome as the "Monster Math Battle - 2-digit addition" tournament! You can easily mix and match between the tournaments to vary the type of practice if you own both.
This activity is Common Core aligned!
Monster Clip Art is courtesy of Peter Reitz and can be found here: