This game has 3 different levels of difficulty, making it perfect for differentiation. It can be used in conjunction with a unit on the 2012 Summer Olympics, or it can be used alone, in a math center to reinforce skills such as the following common Core Standards:
MCC.3.NBT.2 Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
MCC4.NBT.4 Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
I like to use games like these as part my ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Math OlympicsÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ games. After successfully completing Game 1 (Bronze), students can also complete the silver and gold games (Games 2 and 3). All students must at least play the bronze game (Game 1). Once they play, their answers are checked. The teacher can determine how they want to award medals (ie. the student must get the entire computation correct to receive the medal, or the student can have a chance to correct their computation to receive the medal). Once the student has completed the bronze game board, they can move onward to the silver and if desired, the gold medal game boards.
*Game cards (Games 1, 2, and 3- Bronze, Silver, and Gold)
*Subtraction Swimming Student Answer Sheet
*Directions for Students Page
*Directions for Teacher Page
Please also see my addition game for Math Olympics- Olympics Addition Archery Common Core Game.