Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Spider Themed Math Fun!

As many of you teachers out there know, the Target Store dollar bins can be SO dangerous... but SO inspirational as well.  While heading to the store to pick up "a few things" we came across these amazing mini spider web rugs for a mere $2.50 a piece!  Of course we cleaned out the place knowing that there had to be something we could do with them. we put our heads together and this is what we came up with:

The object of this game is for students to practice basic math subtraction facts (or missing addends) in an exciting way. 

Materials Needed:
White Board and White Board Marker
Spider Web Rug (or Spider Web Game Board)
Spider Game Pieces

Students work with partners and take turns dumping spiders on the rug.  Some spiders will land face up, some will land face down, and some will not even land on the rug.  Students then discard the spiders that did not land on the rug and count the number of remaining spiders.  This is their total.  Students then count the number of spiders that are face up.  This is one of the addends.  Students  write a subtraction equation on their white boards and solve it to find the difference. 

This game could also be simplified as a basic counting game (count the number of spiders that are face up) for kindergarten or preschool.  You could also use this game as an addition game (add up the number of spiders face up and the number of spiders face down on the board to find the sum.)

Keep on Dancing in Your Teacher Shoes!

Deanna and Jenelle

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