Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Ummmm. . .yeah, needing some practice with basic addition facts in my classroom.
Remember how I said my littles were rock stars at addition?!
I might have been confused.
So. . .there will be MUCH practice coming their way this week.

We're playing FAST FACT (an awesome game using cards - face cards removed - where the dealer places 2 cards on the table and the first student to correctly give the sum (because we're adding) gets those cards - winner is the player with the most cards when the dealer has no more cards).

We're playing MAKE TEN (using cards again - face cards and TENS removed - dealer lays ten cards on the table (face up) - players must say the parts of 10 - ie: 6+4=10 - student gets the set of 10 that they say - dealer fills the spaces created from those cards with cards from the deck - winner is the player with the most cards when the dealer has no more cards).

We're practicing our 3 addend addition strategies using the work mats I shared on Monday and Tuesday.

AND. . .we're going to play POOF!
This game board can be used for anything!
The directions are for math using dice, but you can easily use it with flashcards, playing cards, or for spelling (give the player a word - she moves one space for each letter in the correctly spelled word).

The trick to this is to move right the correct number of spaces (the sum or the difference) - if you hit the end of the path, you then have to move back to the left to complete your turn.  You stay on that path until you land on a "POOF" square.  When you land on "POOF," you get to drop down to the next path.  To make this a little more competitive, use the rule that if a player lands on a space occupied by another player, he sends that player back to start.  Oh, the horror!  Bwah-hah-hah.

Your littles won't mind practicing their math facts over and over with this game.
Truthfully, they won't even realize that they're practicing!
Enjoy.  :)

Image is linked.
If you like it, take it, pin it, use it, let me know how it works for you.
Thanks for the happy thoughts.



  1. Thank you for sharing! My kids will love this (and my color printer will too!).

  2. Thank you so much. I started with today and went back to print your activities for the past few days. I thought my Kiddos were doing better then my assessments have noted. Extra (FUN) practice for us!

  3. These sound like some fun games. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  4. Thanks for sharing!
    I have a question - what is the direction - right or left? if in the prev turn iskipped the Poof )starting at the left upper corner) should I go back - left?

    Many thanks

    1. Yes, you would simply move back and forth along each row until you land on a "POOF" space. :)

      So if you start on the upper left square, moving to the right with each turn, and get to the end of the row without landing on "POOF," you will move back to the left. If you reach the far left square again without landing on "POOF," you would move right again along that same row.

      Hope that answers your question.

    2. Yes it did.
      Many thanks! I will add numbers and use it as multiplication game
      Thank you

  5. Loving your resources! We think you may find some of our math and literacy stations really useful too!

  6. Thank you for the Poof game! I know my first graders will love it..