My students, as kindergarten kiddos, are just beginning the addition/subtraction mountain. However, I have a friend who teaches first grade and was looking for math materials for her students.
I came up with this game that would meet the doubles facts needs of both of our students.
To play: spin the spinner, land on a number, record the doubles fact for that number in the correct location. For example, if you spin 6, you would record 3+3 in the "6" column. There are also fun spaces on the spinner. For example, you might lose a turn, spin again or write in a fact of your choice. Students can play this in two ways: either on their own or with a partner. Either way you play, the object is to spin and record doubles facts until one column is filled to the top (or you can have students play until the board is filled if you prefer). Below you will see one of the game boards (the other is 12-20) and both spinners. As you can see in the top picture, the first doubles fact is included in gray so that students can trace the first one for practice.
In my classroom, I have students play the game with a partner. Once one player has a column of doubles facts that is filled to the top, the game is over. The work, however, is not! At this point, I ask students to either choose a crayon or colored pencil and continue to write in the remaining doubles facts in any empty boxes. This way, they get to play the game (using a pencil) but I get to ensure that they get lots of practice with facts even if the game ends quickly. Using a different color allows me to see what happened during the game and what happened after.
My students love this game and I know yours will too!
Click the picture below for the link to download the game and thanks for stopping by my blog!
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