What are some addition and subtraction games my students can play with partners or small groups? Usually after we take tests we play games. We've played a game a few times where each partner rolls a dice, add the dots, and write number sentences. They LOVED it. I'm looking for some more ideas for addition and subtraction. And maybe use these games as centers for when students finish their work.

I know we I did my pre internship the kids used buttons. They were given 2 hands & a certain amont of buttons & were asked to come up with as many problems for that number...fact families.

I also play addition war with cards. You have to remove the face cards from a regular deck. Students play in pairs and each get a score sheet. Each player flips over two cards (instead of one in the original war) and add their two cards together, writing it on their sheet as they go. The person with the highest sum wins all four cards. Play continues until someone runs out of cards (or the teacher ends it). Games are definitely the highest motivator in my class!

The kids enjoy a simple game called the "hand game." We use cubes ex. when we're working with addition for 5's, one partner shows the number of cubes in one hand (ex. 2, then with the closed fist says "plus", and the partner tries to guess the correct number in the closed fist. The partner then reveals if it's correct or not and says 2 plus 3 equals 5). This goes on until they've gone through the different combinations.

I have a "addition/subtraction ball". It's a small, soft ball I bought at a dollar store - a colourful, mini soccer ball. I wrote the numbers 0 - 9 on the ball. I start saying we are going to add 1. I toss the ball to a student. Whichever number their thumb lands on when they catch the ball is the number they add one to. So, if their thumb touches the number 4 the student says, "4+1 = 5". Then they toss the ball to another student. You can do this for addition and subtraction. (You can change the number that you are going to add with every toss or after a few tosses. You do not always have to add 1.)

I have my kids use dice to make different adding and subtraction problems! They roll it up and then they have to write down the numbers and either add or subtract I have a sheet that goes with it and they love it

I was just at a math training on Thursday and they gave us blackline masters to "Al's Game". You can find it here http://www.fcpsteach.org/docs/alsGame.pdf There is addition, subtracting, and subitzing practice.

I covered a small Pringles can with brown construction paper, glued a picture of a turkey on the front, and wrote "Gobble, Gobble!" on the top. On small slips of paper I wrote math facts that we've learned or are working on. I also wrote the phrase "Gobble Gobble" on a few slips of paper. I folded all papers up and put into the can. Kids play this in small groups by passing the can around and pulling out one slip of paper. If they answer the fact correctly (their friends can help) they keep the slip of paper. If they got a "Gobble Gobble" slip, they get to steal everyone else's slips. The kid with the most papers at the end is the winner. My kids love this and you could use it with many different holidays/themes. Christmas - you could use the phrase "Hohoho"; Valentine's - "Show me the love."; etc.

cm- that sounds like a lot of fun! It's no longer Thanksgiving in Canada, so I'll have to tweak the theme- but my kids would love it!