Saturday, July 2, 2011

Math Work Stations Chapter 5: Part 2

I have two more activities to share with you for your students to practice addition facts.

Last year I converted an old Twister game into a math practice game. I had a lot of boys in my class and found that a bit of movement can really help keep them out of trouble. The only thing is you need to be sure to teach clearly what the expected behavior is and is not and be absolutely consistent in dealing with behavior if it is what is not expected. I just wrote in numbers on each of the circles. One partner would spin the spinner while the second partner placed his hands and feet on corresponding circles. After two spins the partner on the mat would write down the fact and solve and the two would trade places. Play would continue in this way until the kids got tired of the game. As I'm being more intentional about math workstations for next year I wanted to make a worksheet that students could fill out as they worked at this station. To download a copy from google docs click on the pictures below.

Twister Addition

For some math talk cards to use with Twister Addition click on the picture below.

Twister Addition Math Talk Cards

On page 110 of Math Workstations, Debbie Diller suggests having students use basic fact cards to do strategy sorts. I created strategy sort cards for students to use for this activity. You may find the cards by clicking the picture below.

Addition Fact Strategy Sort

I hope what I've posted here is of help to you. Positive feedback via comments is always appreciated.


  1. Hi Kim! I took your advice and updated the The Clothes We Wear book cover! No more date! Good idea! Thanks!


  2. What a fun idea! I LOVE Twister!!! Thank you for the idea!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  3. Thanks Amanda for changing that up ... I'm sure it will be helpful for many people.
    Glad you can use it Deedee!

  4. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love educational games that allow the kids to interact and be active. Thanks for sharing!