Face Off!

When we finished our math curriculum this year I wondered whether or not to order and begin the next level.   I decided against that.  With the new baby in the house and the routine gone haywire, we were lucky to do anything with school.  In addition, BroBro had started this Kindergarten curriculum a year early, and although he has breezed right through it, I just did not want him to hit a point where he developmentally found it too challenging.  So staying true to my teaching roots, I did what all of us do when we can’t move on…review, review, review.

BroBro has been using RightStart math this year.  With this curriculum we have learned how to use the abacus to understand basic number sense and apply the concepts of addition.  In our review I thought it might be good to have him start memorizing addition facts.  I created flashcards with specific facts.  First we worked with sums of 10.  Then we practiced doubles.  We are currently working on 10 plus a number.

I knew that calling out numerous math facts and completing worksheets was going to be tortuous for both BroBro and myself so I had to come up with some practice games.  One game I located in my files of old teaching materials was a game called Face Off.  This game is easy to set up and easy to play.  It only requires a printed board, a dice, and place markers (beans, pieces of paper, counters, etc).  The problem with this board though was that the numbers did not work for the facts BroBro was learning.   On this day I just taped a piece of paper on top and changed the numbers to the ones we needed.  This gave me an idea.  I needed to create my own game board that included interchangeable mats so that we could play no matter which math facts we were practicing.  I created a mat for both the doubles facts and 10 plus a number facts.  I will create more as we continue with various other facts.

I laminated the board and mats.  I also added velcro to the front of the board and the back of the mats so that they would stay in place when they were used.

The game starts by having each player cover all of their numbers (we use beans).  Each player takes turn rolling the 10-sided dice.  For doubles we simply doubled the number rolled.  For 10 plus a number we added 10 to the rolled number. As each player rolls a number and calls out the answer to the fact they remove the place marker on the corresponding number.  If they have already removed the marker on that number then their turn is over and the opposing player rolls.  The winner is the first player to remove all of their place markers.  

When we are finished all of the materials are collected in a ziplock bag.  This makes it easy to grab when we are at the house but also when we need something to take with us to a doctor’s appointment or when we go out to eat.

And because I have a copycat toddler sitting nearby I also created 2 different number matching boards.  Pretty girl can’t count just yet but it will be a great way for her to practice when we start that skill.  For now she just places the counters on the numbers.

So if you too have a young one who likes playing games to review math skills then play a game of Face Off!

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