Most of these students are aware that we learn multiplication facts in 3rd grade and boy are they eager to start! During summer school I like to focus on addition and subtraction facts and strategies. The better fundamental base they have of these the better they will do in multiplication and division.
Ok time to share!! Today we played a game called "Off the Grid". It is a very simple, adaptable, and competitive game that covers both addition and subtraction. I will be no means take credit for the idea, I came across it on pinterest. It took me to this amazing blog http://www.mamajennblogs.com/2012/04/off-grid-addition-subtraction-game.html that explains the game further. I did modify it a bit to fit my students needs...and my budget ;)
|This is from that amazing blog-not my adaptation. I forgot to take pictures of mine but will soon.|
|Picked these cute little containers up at Staples for $2|
I apologize for not having original pictures of my adaptation, I will make sure to get some on Monday and update. I really liked that this game allowed them to add and subtract in one game. Since the game was just introduced today I only put one number die and the add/subtract die per box. This allowed them to add or subtract up to 6. Monday I will substitute the # die for a "friendly number" die (a die that has 2, 5, 10). I will eventually end the game with two # dice so the students have to add their dice first then add on the game board. I think this makes it easier to adapt for students depending on their level :) The kids really seemed to enjoy this game and asked to play it several times. Check it out!
|Chips and 100 chart I used.|