My school district just started using a new math curriculum so I find that my lunch, preps, and even 'date nights' have been spent making new games for the children to play in small groups. I'll admit that it has been very hard finding exciting new ways to meet the Common Core and keep my students engaged, but I think that this new program cold be very beneficial for my students once we get the ball rolling a little bit. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share a game that my students LOVE that reinforces simple addition skills.
Addition Word Center Game
- carpet tape
With the help of my teaching assistant, I made about 10 sets of addition beads using the straws and beads. I color-coded mine. I put 5 pink beads on one straw, 6 orange beads on another, as so on.
Then I laminated the work mats and my students matched the color of the mats with the color of the beads. I also included a key for students to use. Using dry-erase markers, my students moved the beads across the straw to show different ways to make the numbers 5-10 and recorded the answers on the work mats.
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