About Early Subtraction Games:
The games in this module are:
- Out of the Loop
- Down the Ladder
- Hurry Home
- Beat the Monster
- Tumbling Towers
- Hover about 5
Games such as Building Towers or Hover about 5 encourage the use of strategic planning and adaptive reasoning as well as fluency building. Games can be used in place of worksheets and with better effect. You will find students carry out many more subtractions when playing a game and they get instant feedback from their peers if they make a mistake. This means that there is no imperfect practice; they do not rehearse the same mistake repeatedly making an incorrect strategy permanent, neither do they come to think of maths as testing or pointless.
The download for this product is a .zip compressed folder that contains 2 files.
When decompressed, the folder contains a .pdf file describing the teaching strategies.
The Lesson Plan file is accompanied by Teacher Slides for use during the lesson.
This download is intended for personal use and should not be shared with other teachers.
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We need to develop flexibility as well as fluency with subtraction and that starts in the early years. The strategy lessons form the first part of a series that gives a comprehensive coverage of this topic.
Multiplicative thinking has been shown to be a crucial part in the development of numeracy. The mental routines form an ideal introduction to a strategy or problematized situation lesson on this multiplicative thinking.
There are 10 problematized situations, each on a separate slide, that can be displayed or printed for use by the students. The Lesson Plan gives a framework that can be used with any or all of the problematized situations. We have also included Anchor Charts for the follow-up lesson.
Multiplicative thinking has been shown to be a crucial part in the development of numeracy. The word problems help students explore and discuss strategies by completing a 4-frame poster to show different routes to the solution.
There are 9 number talk slides, that can be displayed or printed for use by the students. After a few number talk sessions, the students should be encouraged to make their own slides.
The role that games play in the conceptual understanding of and fluency with subtraction is not to be underestimated. The games presented here allow students to:
- have fun practice (repetition) of counting back,
- become familiar with recording on numbered pathway games and empty number lines,
- begin to just know or predict the answer to a count-back 1, 2 or 3.