Wednesday, July 31, 2013

School Week Linky: Games!

Hi everyone! So today, The Teacher's Chair has asked us all to share our best games:
I think I've been blabbering in my recent posts so lets make today short and sweet!

Beat You To 10!

I'm going to share a math game that focuses on very basic one-to-one correspondence, counting, and the foundation of addition through the use of visual "more or less" representations. It can be used as a math tub/work station, as an "I'm done, now what?" activity, or anything else you can think of!
Here's what it looks like:
There are two different ways to play this very simple games:

1) In partners, students take turns rolling a single die and colouring in the corresponding number of boxes on their side (i.e. either the boxes under "Player 1" or "Player 2"). For example, if Player 1 rolls 2 dots on the die, they would colour in 2 boxes. The first player to colour in 10 boxes wins.

2) In partners, students roll two dice, add up the dots, and colour the corresponding number of boxes. For example, if Player 1 rolled 2 dots on one die and 3 dots on the other, they could colour 5 boxes...obviously this way takes significantly less time to finish the game and reach 10, but it's a great way to introduce/practice simple addition.

(FYI the numerals printed along the bottom are simply for student reference)

TIP: print the game on cardstock (or back it on colourful construction paper) and laminate it. That way students can colour their boxes with whiteboard markers and play over and over again!

TRICK: you may have noticed the snap cubes pictures on the game sheet. When my students play this game, I have them roll the die, then build a tower representing the number they rolled before colouring it in on their worksheet. For example, if a student rolls two dots on the die, they would snap together 2 cubes to begin their tower, then colour in 2 boxes on the worksheet. That way you hit various learning styles by incorporating a hands-on element through building. Again, first one who colours in all 10 boxes and has a tower of 10 snap cubes wins. 

Click HERE to visit my little TpT store to download your FREE copy!!!

Now, head on over to The Teacher's Chair to link up and/or visit all of the linkers (is that what we're called?!) to fill your toolbox with a handful of great games!


  1. Thanks so much for this GREAT freebie!! I love it and can't wait to add it to our station time!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

    1. You're very welcome...I'm glad it will come in handy!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      Fun With Firsties

  2. Thank you for sharing! I will pass on this great idea to my first grade teacher friends. I am new to your blog and will definitely be following. Your dog is adorable! Is it a papillon? We have a pappi named Bella. She has the same face as yours but is brown and white.

    Looking forward to hearing more great things from you,


    The Rungs of Reading

  3. Hi Stacy!

    Thanks for stopping by :) I just popped over to your blog and it is stinkin' adorable...welcome to the blogging world!!! I love finding new teacher blogs to follow {I love your TpT store, too...I'm your 9th follower!!}

    Carlos is actually a long coat, purebred miniature Chihuahua! But it's funny you said papillon because 9 out of 10 people think that's what he is! Your little Bella sounds adorable <3

    Thanks again for visiting!

    Fun With Firsties

  4. The kids will LOVE this game! Thank you!


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