How to use Addition & Subtraction Strategy Games to Promote Math Fact Fluency
These addition and subtraction strategy games are effective for many reasons. Here are few
1. Engaging Practice
First, they provide a fun, non-threatening opportunity for students to get the needed practice to become fluent in their addition and subtraction facts.
You can use these games in a variety of different contexts with your students:
- Math Centers
- Partner Practice
- RTI pull out
- Sub Plans
- Fun Fridays
2. Mental Math Strategies
Second, they are based on the addition and subtraction mental math strategies that have been proven to facilitate fluency. Each game provides independent practice in a different mental math strategy.
Mental Math Strategies Included in these Games:
- Plus Zero
- Count Up +1
- Count Up +2
- Count Up +3
- Doubles +1
- Tens Partners
- Plus Ten
- Plus Nine
ADDITION MENTAL MATH STRATEGIES
SUBTRACTION MENTAL MATH STRATEGIES
- Minus Zero
- A Number Minus Itself
- Count Back -1
- Count Back -2
- Count Back -3
- Tens Partners
- Minus Ten
- Minus Nine
3. Social Skills with Partner Pledge
Another thing that makes these games effective is using the ‘Partner Pledge'. This pledge will take the edge off your more competitive students and help create a fun and safe learning environment.
Use the included ‘Partner Pledge' poster to teach these important social skills before introducing students to the games.
These are important life skills and will help each student to feel safe while playing with partners.
Before partners play:
- Greet each other
- Review Partner Game Pledge
4 Consistent, Easy Rules
Lastly, all the games follow the same rules, so it makes it easy for your students to play each game. The rules are included on each game for quick review.
How to Play:
1 spinner (or pencil and paper clip)
2 colors of tokens (15 for each student)
1 game board.
DIRECTIONS: Partners take turns.
1. Spin the Spinner and double to that number.
2. Cover that number on the board.
3. If your partner’s counter is already on your number, you can ‘Bump’ him/her and take that spot.
4. The first to get 3 in a row wins!
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