Addition Strategy Games

This week, we've been using my Addition Strategies pack to review the different strategies to use when adding....

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I have made this pack in black and white for ease of printing. I copied off each center onto differently brightly colored cardstock.

In this pack, there are four games, or centers, to reinforce addition strategies.
1. “Double It!” 
Students use a die and counters to play

2. “Near Doubles.”
Using unifix cubes to build the doubles and doubles+1.

3. “Flip Flop Adding,” also known as reverse, or turn-around. 
This is played like a game of concentration, or you can use the cards as a whole group activity. 

4.  “Making Ten" Using ten frames to make ten when adding

The “Sum it up” is the culminating activity, which could also be used as an informal assessment, to see if your students understand the different strategies.

These are the strategies that are in the center/"assessment."



I gave the "test" today....it was interesting. First, they had to solve the problems that are on the paper, then they have to cut and paste the problems under the header of the strategy they used. 

There's no right or wrong answer...I mean...you can tell if the math problem would actually be a double or near double...or if they did a turn around (what I call flip-flip...but I had to be technical I guess..lol).

I actually had SIX kids put the problem 3+9= under the near doubles column....it was so weird!! They didn't mess up all the other ones either - so it was like JUST that one...

SO WEIRD!! I'm going to have to ask them on Monday why they chose that.

I mean, SIX kids??? I'm dumbfounded.  BUT, I did get to see how some of them think/process.

I liked it!
PLUS, it's all kinds of Common Core...I mean, processing math??? that's all common core right there - right!? It our first year with common core, so I'm trying to figure it out still.

Anyway, since I like it so much...I'll give it to three people who comment....just leave me a comment with your email....BUT, you MUST tell me what your favorite show is....now that fall season has started (My DVR is pretty much kid shows right now - or auction shows because of the hubs...I MUST RECLAIM WHAT IS MINE! haha). If you don't, then your comment doesn't count...lol. I'll pick the winner Sunday night.


Now, these are strategies for them to use....aside from "just knowing."

Common Core standards state that students will learn their addition and subtraction facts fluently. 

For that, I do use my Tasty Facts quizzes.


For these quizzes, they only get ONE minute in 2nd grade. My friends who teach 1st grade say they give their kids TWO minutes (ha! see, the numbers are reversed??). When I taught 3rd grade, I did one minute too.

When parents ask me why I do them, I tell them...because the NATIONAL standards says they need to know their facts...

Ok, I'm off to have pizza and movie night with my baby girl...

I wonder if I can convince her to watch Lion King??  I still cry at that movie - anyone else cry at that movie still too??

43 comments

Kaitlyn said...

I love The Big Bang Theory!

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:) Kaitlyn
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Ash said...

So many to choose from but I think I like The X Factor the best now.

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manakans said...

This is so cute... thanks for sharing!
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Maria

manakans said...

btw, my favorite show... Modern Family!

Maria

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Theresa said...

I am looking forward to seeing Revenge, Modern Family and The Middle! I also love, love Downton Abbey. I can't wait for the new season.

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Jenna said...

Love the things you create!

Also love fall TV...favorites are Modern Family and Big Bang Theory.

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Mrs. Brown said...

I love Parenthood!!! Can't get enough!!! That and Dance Moms, but that just had its season finale! :)

Katie
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P.S.- What a great unit! I love the relation to common core and extra practice opportunities!

Born to Teach said...

I love modern family!!

-Heather

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Sandra said...

I love Glee!!
I'm also addicted to How I Met Your Mother on Netflix!!! :)
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tandk said...

The Voice! Love me some Blake Shelron :)
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tandk said...

The Voice! Love me some Blake Shelron :)
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Lori L said...

It's a toss up between The Voice (Go Team Adam) and Scandal.
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PS... It's our first year with Common Core too. Love your activities :)

Joan said...

I love these centers and the assessment. Must be something wrong with me. My favorite show is not even similar the those of the other commenters. I like Castle.
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Gladys said...

Love these math strategies! My favorite show right now is Glee!

Gladys
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Karen said...

Great idea! I like Modern Family, Parenthood, and How I Met Your Mother!

larcher0411 said...

I love the Big Bang Theory & Criminal Minds.

Lori

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Michelle Hudgeons said...

The Voice!
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Karyn said...

My favorite is Missing with Ashley Judd. It's awesome! It has drama, action, suspense and even a little romance. :-)

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Eileen Griffin said...

What a great packet of centers! I can't wait for Scandal, Once Upon a Time and Revenge to start up! Those are my absolute favorites!
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Storie said...

I think your packet looks great. I can't wait to hear why your kiddos put 3+9 in the doubles/near doubles. Maybe they were doing some repeated addition (3+3+3=9) and got confused.

Anyhow, my favorite shows are How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory. I can't wait to watch their season premieres!

Storie
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Stories by Storie

Suzy Q said...

Since we are 'television challenged" over here...my favorite tv show is CSI. (Luckily, with nothing to watch I can spend more time online!)

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Elyse said...

I can tell we use the same Math series. Your Math posts are spot on with mine...so I will definitely be purchasing this is I don't win!

Fav show is The Biggest Loser...it is kids this season!

Elyse @ My Life with a Cherry on Top

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Amy Howbert said...

These look like something I'd use in my 2nd grade class! Great & strong! My favorite fall tv show is, Missing! Can't wait for it to start! I'm also a new follower! Visit me at my new little spot:
Amy Howbert
Little Miss Organized
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Amy said...

Love this! We're working on turn around facts and making 10 this week, and will do doubles and near doubles soon. I love the Thursday night NBC sitcoms- The Office & Up All Night.

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zputty said...

My daughter and I are starting up with X Factor, but Glee is a close second.

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Jessica said...

This are exactly the skills we are starting to work on too. We actually start with doubles next week. Look like awesome activities!!
I am super excited for NCIS and The Big Bang Theory!
Jessica

Apples and Papers

Meaghan McLaughlin said...

I love Parenthood!

Meaghan
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Christine said...

Love these centers...and my favorite show is Parenthood!

Christine
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Jessica said...

I love Scandal, Revenge, and Person of Interest.

I also LOVE these stations. We have been working on addition strategies and I have some stations, but these are MUCH better. I will definitely be buying these if I don't win! Thanks!

Neesa said...

Your stations look great! I love Major Crimes...I miss The Closer!

Wendy said...

I love your centers! My favorite show is Criminal Minds

Wendy
Scubaisfun1@hotmail.com

Wendy said...

I love your centers! My favorite show is Criminal Minds

Wendy
Scubaisfun1@hotmail.com

julie allen said...

I just re-read your blog, I thought you said the first 3 who commented...Whoops! Oh man I have a chance now!

My favorite show is Modern Family and Up All Night. I also love some So You Think You Can Dance. I wish I could dance!

julielynnallen@gmail.com

Jill Myers said...

Thanks for sharing your "tools of the trade"! Exactly what I am working on in second grade in Montana too. :) My current favorite shows are: The Voice & The Middle.

Jill Myers said...

Whoops I (Jill Myers comment #34) forgot to leave my email

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Kate said...

I am right in the middle of my addition strategies unit and your center games would be a great supplement!! I have way too many favorite shows... but if I have to pick one, I'd pick Glee! I am a musical junkie :)

Kate
EduKate and Inspire
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Lisa R. said...

Right now, my favorite show is X-Factor!! Simon Cowell just cracks me up. I love watching the auditions, especially the crazy ones! LOL
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure
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kspra123 said...
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kspra123 said...

Love these math strategies! My favorite show right now is The Big Bang Theory!

Kathryn
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Sheena Faircloth said...

The Big Bang Theory gets me laughing everytime! I love your addition strategy games!

Sheena
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