Get your students practicing math skills with a fun, self checking, center activity. Math Ladders can be used a partner work, but are designed for independent practice on specific skills. Each packet includes a single skill on a variety of different levels to make differentiation easier for you, the teacher. Just keep the table of contents handy and assign students to work (or move up or down in the skill level) on the one they need. Problems are written horizontally so students must line up the digits correctly, adding another layer of accountability for the student.
To play, students solve the problem on the START card. They find the answer on the left side of one of the other cards and place it above their original problem. Then, they solve the problem on their new card and continue until they reach the top FINISH card.
To Set up as a Center:
-Print game boards for each person at the center
-Print enough sets for each person at the center, cut apart & keep in a snack-sized baggie
-Print answer sheets for each student
-Print one answer key to keep at the center (if you want them to check their answers)
Alternatively, you can print a class set of the game boards & the cards and have students cut & paste their assignment.
Download a FREEBIE Addition Math Ladder
to get a full center and an idea of how the activity works. The skills practiced in this set are listed below and part of the preview file.
Skills in this Set:
Set 5.2 A - Value Within Millions Period Only
Set 5.2 B - Value Within Millions Period Only
Set 5.2 C - Value Within Millions Period Only, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 D - Value Within Millions Period Only, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 E - Value Within Thousands & Millions Periods, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 F - Value Within Thousands & Millions Periods, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 G - Value Within Thousands & Millions Periods, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 H - Value Within Thousands & Millions Periods, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 I - Value in All Periods, Limited Digits
Set 5.2 J - Value in All Periods, Limited Digits
*Limited Digits means that the underlined digits are limited to the same one or two digits so that students must recognize the value of the digit and not just look for a different digit. For example, answers choices could be limited to: 20; 200; 2,000; 20,000; 200,000; 2,000,000; 20,000,000; and 200,000,000 OR 4; 4,000; 40,000,000; 800; 80,000; 8,000,000.
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
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