A great addition to any subtraction, holiday, or elf- themed unit!
Ernie the Elf is hungry, and cookies happen to be his favorite food! Students will love this hands-on subtraction activity about a mischievous elf on the search for cookies. This file includes 45 word problem cards for take-away and missing addend subtraction situations:
11 cards: take-away problems starting with 10 cookies
10 cards: take-away problems starting with 9 cookies
12 cards: missing addend problems, start unknown
12 cards: missing addend problems, change unknown
This activity also includes cookie manipulatives that students can use to act out the subtraction situations, and an activity sheet for recording work. There are student-friendly directions and "I Can" statements that you can display if you are using this as a math station! I created two "I Can" pages; 1 with Common Core State Standards for first grade, and 1 without the standards. This activity aligns with standards:
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems...
Add and subtract within 20…
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