Simple Addition

Here is a quick and simple idea I’ve been using to help my kiddos who are struggling with writing addition and subtraction equations:
I gave each of them 10 of a different color of cubes (but you could use anything!).  I asked them to show me a particular math sentence, first with cubes and then to write an equation for it.  They picked up pretty quickly, now we will just review everyday, until I’m sure they understand. 🙂
How do you practice addition and subtraction with your kiddos?  What materials do you use?
Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on March 21, 2013, in Addition, Subtraction. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I also use dominoes to review simple addition. Students pick dominoes from a bag. They draw the domino and write the number sentence.

    Every day we do a dice roll activity as part of our morning calendar routine. We roll two large foam dice (dots) and they tell me the addition sentence. They color in a box for that sum on a graph in their calendar binder. Later in the year, we switch to dice with numbers. There are several different dice roll addition games like Bump… that my students love to play.

    We do a lot with five-frames and ten-frames. We use two-color counters to find all the ways to make a target sum. For example: For the sum of 5, we start fill the five-frame or the ten-frame with five yellow counters. Sometimes I have them tell me the number sentence. Other times I have them record the number sentence. For example 5 yellow + 0 red = 5 in all. Then we turn over one yellow counter, so now it is 4 yellow + 1 red = 5 and so on…

    We practice turn around facts using clothespins and a hanger. I put some clothespins on one side. There is a plus sign in the middle that I made out of masking tape. Then I put clothespins on the other side. They tell me the addition sentence. Then I flip the hanger. They tell me the turn around fact.


  2. Love My Kinders

    I like both of your ideas!
    Kristen, how do you keep students independently engaged to do this whiteboard addition activity at a learning center?


    • I engage in this activity with my students at my small group table. This is an example of one of my individual lessons that I teach to some of my students who need a little more help in this area. 🙂
      Kristen 🙂


      • Love My Kinders

        Thanks for your explanation, Kristen. I do something similar in small groups, as well. The teddy bear counters are fun to use, too. I love your blog and tPt offerings, too. Best to you!


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