Contig is a game of math facts and strategy played in pairs. It is typically played in the upper elementary grades because it has students use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to create numbers. As a second grade teacher, I love this game and don’t want my kids to miss out on the fun. Enter in Primary Contig! I have modified the Contig board so that primary grades can use it to practice addition and subtraction (and possibly lower multiplication facts). This pack includes 5 different game boards and the recording sheet.
Each pair of students will need a Contig game board, three 6-sided dice, and two recording sheets (one per player). Play begins by player 1 rolling the three dice. His or her job is to use all three numbers in an equation to create an unmarked number on the game board. They can add all three numbers together, subtract all three numbers, or use a combination of addition and subtraction. When player 1 finds their number, they mark it with an X and explain to their partner how they got it. Both players then record the equation on the recording sheet to keep track of what equations have been used. Equations cannot be repeated during the game. If the player cannot come up with an unmarked number, then they lose their turn. Players can also challenge each other if they believe their partner miscalculated or if they were able to find an answer on the board when their partner said there wasn’t one. If the challenger can prove they are correct, they get the points. Points are earned when an X is put onto an unmarked number, PLUS a point for every X their X touches (for a possible total of 9 points per play).
Thank you to Alison Hislop for the dice clip art! Find her at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Alison-Hislop.
I encourage you to use this game to help your students practice facts in a fun way! --Megan's Marketplace