Math Addition Games

At one of my PD meetings on Monday we focused on Math and discussed how sometimes there are children who still don't know their basic addition facts by 4th grade. Sad, but true. I can't tell you how many children I see still add on their fingers. So, we talked about a few addition games that we can use in our classrooms. These can be used as a review or in lower elementary grades. First, take stickers and put two sets on a paper plate. Hold the plate up and the students have to add the stickers mentally.
Another game comes from the Everyday Math series, which we used several years ago. It's called Addition Top It. Students use number cards (since we aren't supposed to call them "a deck of cards" anymore!) and draw two. They add the two numbers up and whoever has the highest number gets both cards. For example, here one player would have 14 and the other played would have 18 so the player with 18 would get all 4 cards.

I've done this same concept with Subtraction Top It and Multiplication Top It. During our enrichment classes, our groups are separated by their previous PASS tests and I teach the lower group so this will be good for them. I hope to share some other Math games soon!


  1. Love the paper plate idea! I have a group of 2nd graders this year who still really struggle with recognizing dot patterns. This will be great for them! Thanks for sharing!

    Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

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